Skip to comments.3-year-old accidentally shoots mother
Posted on 03/13/2006 7:15:16 AM PST by On the Road to Serfdom
Police trying to piece together why a gun was stored in a family's couch and how it ended up in a three-year-old's hands.
According to police the boy found the gun in it's hiding place in the couch. When the boy's mother saw her son with the gun she took it from him, removed the clip, and put the gun back in the couch not knowing it was still loaded.
"The three year-old picked up the gun and fired it - there was a round still in the chamber - striking the mother in the knee," St. Paul Police Officer Pete Crum told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
An ambulance took the 43-year-old woman took Regions Hospital where she's in fair condition. Investigators plan to forward the case to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for possible child endangerment charges.
Officer Crum wants this case to serve as a reminder to other gun owners to always lock the slide back, open the chamber up and feel the chamber with their finger before they assume the gun is unloaded.
"When a 3-year-old St. Paul boy got his hands on a handgun that had been tucked under a couch cushion in his house Sunday afternoon, his mom took it away and removed the gun's cartridge clip.
Police said the boy's mother, Lin Lin Xie, 43, then put the gun back on the couch, thinking it was unloaded. But there was still a cartridge remaining in the chamber. The boy picked up the gun a second time and it discharged. The bullet hit his mother in the knee. The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. at the family's home in the 1500 block of McLean Avenue, said police spokesman Pete Crum."
"Well the couch is actually our second hiding spot, but Jr. already discovered our hiding spot in the toybox."
She put it back in the couch???? After the three-year-old had obviously found it there??? Why, why, why are people so mind-bogglingly stupid?
Another person killed by gun ignorance.
Looks like another failure of the educational system.....not teaching people, especially women, to discern whether guns are loaded. This is a Constitutional Right, people, and should therefore be addressed in schools.
I didn't know that the "knee" was a vital area of the human body.
I have absolutely no sympathy for this woman. Anyone stupid enough to hide a gun in the couch with children in the house probably shouldn't be allowed to raise children.
When the boy's mother saw her son with the gun she took it from him, removed the clip, and put the gun back in the couch not knowing it was still loaded.
"Another person killed by gun ignorance"
"Looks like another failure of the educational system.....not teaching people, especially women, to discern whether guns are loaded."
Yup. Liberals think Sex Ed courses are great, but Gun Safety classes are bad.
Not to mention her blaring ignorance on how a semi-auto handgun works.
What an idiot. Now we're going to hear from the anti-gun nuts, because there are those who are too stupid to handle (and store) a firearm safely!
"Another person killed by gun ignorance."
Actually, another Freeper confused by not actually reading the story. She was shot in the knee and is in fair condition at the hospital. Reading is FUNdamental.
Bravo, excellent post!
An ambulance took the 43-year-old woman took Regions Hospital where she's in fair condition
I suppose she could eventually die.
It is not a clip, it is a MAGAZINE!
~ Blue Jays ~
So, always check the chamber before allowing your 3 year-old to play with your weapon.
My mistake, she didn't die.
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