MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As a 7-year-old recovers from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said his father is not facing charges at this point.
According to Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson Casey Liening, it’s currently unknown if the father had a concealed carry permit.
Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, a 911 call came in that a boy had been found shot in his car located in the Winn Dixie parking lot on West Davie Blvd.
Police said a father had gone into the store for a few minutes and when he returned to their car he found his son had been shot.
“It is believed he got a hold of the gun and shot himself in the leg. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries but is expected to be OK,” said Liening.
It happened just blocks from a Walmart where a 3-year-old picked up a loaded gun and accidentally shot his mother last month in Fort Lauderdale.
“Unsecured loaded firearms in the presence of a child can be dangerous even deadly, so take precautions,” said Liening. “Don’t leave loaded firearms laying around the house or in the vehicle with your children and try to secure them whenever possible.”