Albuquerque Toddler Shoots Parents – Video : Three-Year-Old Finds Gun, Shoots Both Parents

Albuquerque Toddler Shoots Parents - Watch : Three-Year-Old Finds Gun, Shoots Both Parents

Albuquerque toddler shoots parents ? A three-year-old boy in New Mexico shot his parents Saturday after he reached into his mother’s purse for an iPod but fired a loaded handgun instead, police said.

The child pulled the trigger of the gun, shooting his father in the buttock, with the bullet travelling through his hip and striking his mother, who is eight-months pregnant, in the arm.

The pair were rushed to hospital. Mr Reynolds has been released, while Miss Villescas is believed to be in a stable condition, reports KOB 4.

The shooting occurred at around 2pm local time (9pm GMT) on Saturday, 30 January, in a room at America’s Best Value Inn near Menaul and University, where the family had been living as they prepared to order pizza.

“It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That’s how fast it happened. All of a sudden we heard a gun go off,” Mr Reynolds told KOB 4.

“The next minute I realised my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realised I was shot too. I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on.

“And my son, because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying.”

Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik told the Albuquerque Journal that the parents will likely be charged with criminal negligence over the incident.

“The child did the damage, but it was because of the negligence of the adults that the child was able to do this,” he said. “If you are going to be a gun owner, you need to lock it up and keep it safe.”

Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman for the Brady Center, which advocates tighter gun controls, said the incident highlighted the need for parents with firearms in their homes to ensure they could not be accessed by children.

“This incident in Albuquerque serves as a reminder to all parents to keep guns locked away securely. It is also a reminder for parents to raise concerns and awareness about the dangers of unsafe access to firearms with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. We can all help ensure that children do not come across an unsecured gun by asking, “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?” Our collective efforts with parents across the United States can help prevent future tragedies,” he said.

  • Susan Pelczar

    Another case of people that shouldn’t have kids? Why was there a loaded handgun in the mom’s purse..and knowing it was there, why would she let her toddler get in her purse in the first place?? Oh yeah, he was reaching for an Ipod…something a child his age should know nothing about but too many parents nowadays use technology as a babysitter so they don’t have to tend to their children…what else does she have to do, they live in a motel!!!

    • Kraut Tastic

      Not that people shouldn’t have kids. People have kids everywhere, and although i agree that some people shouldn’t have kids…. The factor here is a gun. If it were a tazer or mace.. they wouldn’t have ended up killed. The parents would still be alive.. being bad parents all be it..

      • GilligansMom

        Kraut Tastic ~ The parents ARE alive, did you read the article ? The father has already been released from the hospital and the mother is in stable condition…

  • Glenn Howard

    guns ,kids and stupid adults,, if kids are around safety the gun, un chamber the gun. mine are locked up,,

  • Kraut Tastic

    wow, yet another reason why there should be gun control in this nation.

    Let the hate responses flow.

    • Alex

      something like this will always happen, but at least it doesnt happen everyday. this is rare. I think the parents should be let off with a warning since it was an honest mistake and they learned their lesson

    • Thuno

      OMG you are an idiot!!! sure take guns away from responsible ppl and what is left is criminals with guns because no criminal is going to turn in there guns they are criminals. Then how are you going to protect yourself when every criminal knows they can do anything they want and not be shot?? Ya, you’ll be the dumbass who gets shot by the criminals. Are you that braindead that you can’t figure that one out???

  • RufusChoate

    Odd but I found the presence of children with two unmarried irresponsible armed “adults” more of a long term problem than the gun. Unfortunate accidents happen but usually don’t result in the birth of three children. Which is more detrimental to the child’s well being an accident he won’t remember or the fact that his father didn’t bother to marry his mother.