A pro-gun Florida mom was recovering Wednesday after her 4-year-old son got his hands on a loaded .45-caliber handgun and accidentally shot her in the back while she was driving down a highway.
Deputies in Putnam County spotted a truck and horse trailer stopped in the middle of Highway 20, roughly 30 miles east of Gainesville, around 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to CBS 47, a television station in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jamie Gilt, 31, was in the front seat with a bullet wound to her back. She told deputies her 4-year-old son shot her while she was driving. It is not clear how the boy got his hands on the gun.
Gilt was taken to the local hospital in stable condition.
According to Gilt’s personal Facebook page, she is a vocal gun activist who runs “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense,” a Facebook page dedicated to passionate pro-gun opinions. The page, which had about 1,000 fans, had been removed from Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon.
On Sunday, in a comment on her personal Facebook page, Gilt wrote, “Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22,” according to the Florida Times-Union.The newspaper said it had not confirmed that the page belong to Gilt or if the comment was referring to the 4-year-old who was involved in Tuesday’s shooting.
The gun that was discharged at her was legally owned by Gilt, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm,” officials said in the statement. “The investigation is ongoing to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle.”
Any decision on whether to pursue charges against Gilt will not be made until after she can be interviewed, according to the statement. Gilt hasn’t spoken to investigators due to her medical condition, and it wasn’t know when an interview would occur.
The child was placed in custody of family members and the Department of Children and Families was notified, according to the statement.
— Catherine Varnum (@SkaterVarnum) March 8, 2016