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8-year-old thought it was a toy gun — then shot his mom at baseball game, TN cops say

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An 8-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother with an unsecured gun at a baseball game in Tennessee on Tuesday evening, police say.

The two were watching a college game with about 2,000 other fans at the USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tennessee, according to the city’s police department. Millington is about 20 miles from Memphis with a population of about 10,000.

The boy was playing in an antique World War II Jeep on display as part of a stadium event honoring veterans, according to police. He picked up what he thought was a toy gun left inside the vehicle, pulled the trigger and fired a round that hit his mother.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Memphis, where she is in critical condition, police said in a Facebook post.

Millington police said they later discovered the gun belonged to 76-year-old Charles McFarland. He was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

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Charles McFarland, 76, was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. Millington Tennessee Police Department

Secure your weapons,” Millington Police Chief Mark Dunbar said, according to NBC News. “Everybody’s got a right to carry if they got a carry permit, but you need to use common sense and secure your weapons.”

McFarland’s bond has not been set, police said.

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