Earlier this month, Jamie Gilt, a 31-year-old Florida mother and avowed gun enthusiast made national headlines when her 4-year-old son accidentally shot her in the back while she was driving her pickup truck. Adding insult to injury, the unfortunate accident came just two days after Gilt had boasted about her son’s shooting prowess in a post on her Facebook page, which has since been deactivated.
According to Putnam County Sheriff’s Capt. Gator DeLoach, Gilt placed a loaded .45-caliber handgun underneath the front seat of the truck, without securing it in a holster and without engaging the firearm’s trigger lock. Police believe the gun slid back from its place under the seat to a location where the 4-year-old boy, who was seated in a booster, was able to reach it. They say the child unstrapped himself from the seat, picked up the gun and accidentally fired it. Gilt “felt something strike her in the back, then noticed the windshield of her truck was broken,” DeLoach said, adding that the bullet had exited through her chest. Authorities said they are recommending a charge of allowing a child access to a firearm, which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, but the decision to pursue charges against Gilt will be up to prosecutors. Gilt was hospitalized following the incident, but her current condition is unknown.
In the days following the accidental shooting, Gilt’s Facebook page, which featured photos of her posing with her son and shotguns, was besieged with comments mocking her. The state child services department is also conducting an investigation and plans to interview the boy, who has reportedly been in the custody of relatives.
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