In general I’m not the type of person who would laugh at a shooting victim and tell her she got what she deserved, but when you’re one of those gun-rights people and you get shot in the back as you drive through town by the possibly unsecured 4-year-old son you’ve been bragging about teaching to target shoot like Jamie Gilt seems to have, that’s gonna be an exception.
The 31-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., woman was driving down a road in Florida’s Putnam County on Tuesday when her son managed to get hold of a gun while he was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, according to a statement released by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.
Officials told the Florida Times-Union that the child fired a .45-caliber handgun that he found on the truck’s floor into the driver’s seat.
“She was shot through the seat and the round went through her back,” Sheriff’s Capt. Joseph Wells told the Times-Union. “There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but, however, the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them.”
Gilt, who admitted to her son having fired the shot, was taken to hospital and is expected to be fine. The boy is said to be unharmed, at least physically.
Police are still trying to sort out whether or not charges will be filed, since it’s kinda against the laws of the state of Florida to the tune of a misdemeanor to leave a loaded firearm where a child can get his mitts on it regardless of whether or not that child “gets jacked up to target shoot.”