Boy, eight, accidentally shoots his mother after finding a loaded gun inside antique WWII Jeep that was on display at a baseball stadium
- Shooting took place at Millington USA Stadium in Tennessee during Tuesday’s game between University of Memphis and University of Tennessee-Martin
- Police say eight-year-old boy had been playing inside vintage Jeep and found an unsecured gun, which he mistook for a toy and fire, hitting his mother
- Woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition , which has since been upgraded to stable
- Owner of the gun, 76-year-old Charles McFarland was arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon
Charles McFarland, 76, was arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after police say he had left an unsecured gun that a child then used to accidentally shoot his mother
An eight-year-old Tennessee boy attending a baseball game Tuesday accidentally shot his mother after police say he found a gun inside an antique World War II vehicle exhibited at the stadium.
The shooting took place at Millington USA Stadium during the University of Memphis’ baseball game with University of Tennessee at Martin and led to the arrest of the gun owner, identified as 76-year-old Charles McFarland.
According to a press release from the Millington Police Department, officers were called to the ball-field on Babe Howard Boulevard at around 6.25pm for reports of shots fired.
An investigation has uncovered that an eight-year-old boy had been playing in a vintage Jeep that had been displayed at the stadium as part of a Veterans Appreciation Day.
The child found an unsecured handgun inside the vehicle and, having mistaken it for a toy, pulled the trigger and shot his mother.
The eight-year-old boy came upon McFarland’s gun inside a vintage Jeep that had been on display at Millington USA Stadium in Tennessee while attending a baseball game Tuesday
The unnamed woman was rushed to Regional One Hospital in critical condition, which has since been upgraded to stable.
Millington Police Chief Mark Dunbar told the station WREG the victim was alert and talking during transport.
The gun was registered to McFarland, of Atoka, Tennessee, who was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and ordered held without bond.
‘Everybody’s got a right to carry if they’ve got a permit,’ the police chief said. ‘But you need to use common sense about securing your weapons.’
The boy’s mother was rushed from the ballfield to a hospital in critical condition, which has since been upgraded to stable
It is still unclear how McFarland’s firearm ended up inside the antique vehicle.
The shooting happened during the first inning of the annual Babe Howard Baseball Classic, leading to the cancellation of the game and the evacuation of the stadium that was filled with some 2,000 spectators.
The University of Memphis released a statement addressing the accidental shooting, saying it is fully cooperating with the investigation.
‘Our deepest thoughts are with the family,’ the statement read.