Police: 3-year-old boy accidentally shot, killed his mother

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 14, 2022

DOLTON, Ill. (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother to death as the family was sitting in their car in a suburban Chicago supermarket parking lot.

The woman was shot Saturday in Dolton and pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to WLS, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, the boy got ahold of the gun in the backseat of the car and fired the weapon, hitting his mother in the neck.

WGN reports that the boy's father admitted that the gun belonged to him.

He was reportedly taken into custody after the incident. Officials expect the father to be charged. Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins said police are confident that the boy fired the weapon but that the gun was the father's responsibility.