A man and his baby were both shot when a gun inside a diaper bag apparently discharged while the dad tried to change the little girl’s diaper.
Al.com reports that the incident occurred in Vestavia Hills, in the parking lot of the Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant at Olde Towne shopping center off of Montgomery Highway. The man was shot in the chest, and according to authorities, has potential life-threatening injuries. The little girl was shot in leg and is expected to recover.
According to Vestavia Hills police Lt. Michael Keller, the gun was inside the diaper bag when it discharged and apparently the father was pulling something out of the bag when the gun accidentally fired. Witnesses said the man appeared seriously injured. While he was taken to the UAB Hospital Trauma Center, Vestavia Hills Fire and Rescue took the baby to the Children’s of Alabama hospital.
“Two subjects- an adult male and a small child received a gunshot wound from what is reported as an accidental discharge of a firearm,” the Vestavia Hills Police Department said. “The adult was transported to UAB hospital with a wound to his upper body. His status is unknown at this time.”
John Gerard, a customer at the restaurant who had his toddler daughter and wife with him, told WBRC that going places is like “flipping a coin,” as tragedies can happen anywhere.
“You don’t expect anyone would bring a gun around where kids would be. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gerrard added.
Keller said that so far, no criminal charges have been filed. Police continue to investigate.
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