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3-year-old inadvertently shoots pregnant mother before a Merrillville business; Father in custody: police



A 21-year-old mother stayed at a hospital in Chicago on Wednesday after her 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her the previous afternoon with a pistol she found in her car outside a Merrillville store. 19659002] A 1-year-old boy was also in the car at the time of the gunfight, while his father, who is also 21, was in Plato's 81st Avenue cabinet, police said. The father was arrested on Wednesday in arrest warrants in Porter County and was accused of shootings, Commander Jeff Rice said.

The police want to file their investigation into the Lake County Procuratorate on Thursday morning] "It was an unfortunate, careless incident that should have been prevented, and it should never have happened," said Merrillville police chief Joseph Petruch ,

The Michigan City couple was in Merrillville for a medical appointment, police said. The mother told a Merrillville detective that she was pregnant, according to Petruch

The three-year-old found the gun and toyed with it before shooting the mother sitting in the driver's seat. The bullet hit the mother from behind in the upper right breast before she went through the windshield, the boss said. Fortunately, no one has met, he said.

The father told the police that the handgun belonged to him, and according to Petruch, he had left it between a console and a seat in the car.

"It's frustrating," said Petruch. "Now this 3-year-old will have to live with it."

The mother was sent to Methodist Hospital Southlake before being flown to a Chicago hospital, Rice said.

"Hopefully she will recover," said Petruch.

Jazmin Trieto and Becca Todd, who worked in Plato's closet at the time of the shooting, said they had not heard a shot.

A woman ran in the store and told her to call "There's a woman screaming and I think I see blood," Trieto said.

Trieto ran outside with her colleagues and saw a woman on the floor next to a car, she said. She ran in to fetch towels from a back room to hold against the wound, she said.

The staff said they saw two children in the car and took them to the store to get them away from the action.

"My first reaction is that they can not see that," Trieto said.

The father, who was trying on clothes in Plato's closet at the time, went outside to see what was going on, they said. Trieto said he asked "what's up" and grabbed his mother and asked her, "Did you shoot yourself?"

The father became "very excited and very nervous," Trieto said, trying to calm him down and telling him an ambulance was on the way.

When the police arrived, the employees stepped back from the scene and tried to understand what had happened, they said.

"I personally think I was shocked and did not hit me," said Trieto. "I just stepped into action."

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