4-year-old girl shoots self, mother with father's gun - WNEM TV 5

4-year-old girl shoots self, mother with father's gun

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A four-year-old girl and her mother are recovering after an accidental shooting.

The quiet of an Indiana neighborhood was rocked by the sound of gunfire and the cries of children on Sunday.

Police said the gun was on a nightstand when the child grabbed it and pulled the trigger - shooting herself. The bullet then went into the back of the mom's head.

The tragic shooting is believed to be the fault of an adult when the child got ahold of dad's gun.

"We want to make sure we stress the importance of gun safety. Its critical. We obviously want to make sure that people, if they have guns in the house, they lock their guns up. make sure they`re not exposed where children can grab them and reach them,” Ptl. Aaron Hamer with Indianapolis Metro Police Department said.

The mother and child are expected to recover from their wounds.

As the investigation continues, the father could conceivably face reckless endangerment charges for leaving his gun lying around. 

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