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.
She wasn't killed, but she was pretty stupid.
"Anyone stupid enough to hide a gun in the couch with children in the house probably shouldn't be allowed to raise children."
She's beyond stupid. She put it back after the child already found it there.
And you don't read prior comments before making your smart ass comments. I had already been corrected by two members before you commented. I have since acknowledged my mistake.
Some life lessons are more costly than others. Grasshopper - have you learned about the round in the chamber? Now you won't forget will you?
Different households have different gun storage requirements.
"Secure storage" does not have to mean "inaccessible in a crisis."
Exactly. To put the gun in the same spot where the 3-year old just found it, it is obvious that he would pick it up again. If her story is true, education might have helped, both knowing how to check the chamber and knowing to treat all guns as loaded. But that is dwarfed by the basic stupidity displayed.
Oh, my mistake. You DID read the story, I guess. Right...
Couches should be banned.
I'm not dead I've only been shot in the knee!
As far as I'm concerned, no gun is unloaded until I've verified the breech is clear or the pieces are laid out for cleaning.
some semi autos can't fire after removal of a magazine...some can.....
None should be stored in a couch, especially in a home where children have free run of the place.
Patently stupid move on Moms part. She should have won a coveted Darwin award had the tots aim been better.
Isn't too stupid to live a reasonable diagnosis?
Was the kid's name "Stewie", by any chance?
Some people are just morons. I would think the police would notify child services as this woman doesnt seem to have her act together. Hasnt she heard of gun locks? Why on earth would you put a gun in a couch? That seems very odd to me.
Wow! Knee capping by the age of three! This little tyke has a future in "Waste Management Disposal" (wink, wink)
"It is not a clip, it is a MAGAZINE!"\
yes....yes it is. But getting this terminology right is the least of the MSM's problems.
I would say that she will certainly die someday.
I've learned not to use the term "clip" with respect to a semi auto. However, what exactly is the difference? What IS a clip? Is it a matter of having exposed ammunition (as in feeding a belt through a gun) vs. having it covered (as in a magazine)? Thanks.
Especially with a round in the pipe. Most couches have wood slats under the cushion. Enough moving and wallowing around could possibly cause a discharge. Not likely, but they don't call them "accidental" for nothing.
"it's hiding place"
He shot me down
That awful sound
My baby shot me down
In all likelihood. :)
Hiding a loaded gun in a couch with a 3 year old... is pretty foolish and then after he's already found it, putting it back there again?
This woman is luck it was only her knee that got shot... Someone up stairs has given her 2 chances to learn her lesson... that's more than many get..
She died from being shot in the knee?
"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,"
Low hits are usually caused by jerking the trigger. Next time squeeeeze more slowly, and shoot from a highchair.
They had a M1 Garand stuck in the couch?
No, we make smartass comments in response to dumbass comments before we read the rest of the thread. That is the way we do things around here. If we all read all the way through the thread before we replied, we would never get to make our smartass comments.