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8-year-old shoots his mother at baseball game, mistakenly thinking firearm was a toy gun: Report

A mother was reportedly shot by her 8-year-old son Tuesday while attending a baseball game in Tennessee.

According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the accidental shooting at U.S.A. Stadium led to the cancellation of the annual  W.S. ‘Babe’ Howard Classic game between the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee at Martin. Police said the boy had retrieved the unsecured gun from an antique World War II Jeep which was on display at the stadium for Veterans Appreciation Day.

The boy reportedly believed the gun was a toy and opened fire on his mother. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but was conscious, according to the news outlet.

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An investigation concluded that the firearm belonged to Charles McFarland Jr., 76. He owns the antique vehicle that the boy retrieved the gun from, according to WMC.

McFarland was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond.

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