According to a statement from investigators in Florida’s Putnam County, the non-fatal shooting occurred on Tuesday afternoon as Jamie Gilt was driving down a highway.
Depending on what police learn during their investigation, Gilt could end up facing criminal charges, police say.
The small child was sitting in the vehicle’s backseat, right behind his mother, and somehow got his hands on her handgun, the statement says.
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According to family members, Gilt was driving her truck to pick up a horse from a relative.
The police statement says detectives continue to investigate the incident “to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle.”
Gilt’s son is currently in the custody of relatives, police said.
The Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be conducting its own investigation into the shooting, according to police.