While Mom Loads Groceries At Kroger Preschooler Shoots Himself

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While a mother was loading groceries outside a Kroger store in Troy, Michigan, her preschool-age child found a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun in the console of their Ford Mustang and shot himself, police said.

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Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said “It’s just a flesh wound and he’s already out of surgery” at Troy-Beaumont Hospital, after the bullet exited through the rear of the child’s leg, according to the Detroit Free Press.

At about t 1:18 p.m. Friday, a passing retired Warren police officer called 911.

Redmond add that the mother has a valid concealed pistol license, but she told police that the gun belongs to her husband, who is also a legal CPL holder.

“We talked to both of them — we’re not sure they’re living together — and there’s some disagreement about who left the weapon in the console. That doesn’t matter to me. She’s still responsible for the child’s safety,” Redmond said.

Police expect to present a warrant request to county prosecutors for “some type of charge” — possibly careless and reckless use of a firearm, Redmond said.

Police said that at the time the gun went off, she was loading groceries with her other child, a 10-year-old boy.

“We’re just overjoyed to hear that it’s not a serious or life-threatening situation,” said Ken McClure, with consumer communications at the Kroger Co. of Michigan.

By the way, Kroger allows the Open Carrying of firearms in its stores.

Still yet, McClure said he has children aged 6 and 3½, and added that “if I did that with one of my kids, I assure you, my wife would not forgive me.”



We’re just glad that the curious young child didn’t put the shiny object in his mouth. Kids do that.

The store is located in an affluent community and was ranked last year as the safest city in Michigan and 35th safest city in the nation, according to the paper.

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