A New Mexico toddler has shot his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag, police say.
The incident took place in a room at the America’s Best Value Inn on January 31 in Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico.
The 3-year-old boy was apparently reaching for an iPod.
The bullet passed through his father’s buttock and hit his mother, who is eight months pregnant, in the arm. Both parents are said to be recovering.
The boy’s two-year-old sister, who was also in the motel, was unhurt.
Justin Reynolds told NBC News station KOB he and his girlfriend Monique Villescas were about to order a pizza when he heard the shot.
“The next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realized I was shot too.”
Justin Reynolds called emergency services and tried to staunch Monique Villescas’s bleeding with towels.
He said: “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing.”
Justin Reynolds has been released from hospital and Monique Villescas is in a stable condition.
Albuquerque police said the district attorney’s office would decide whether the parents would face negligence charges. The children have been taken into care.
John Doyle and Robert Woolever, two police officers from New Mexico have been fired after being filmed brutally beating a suspect then doing a celebratory chest bump.
The video shows the cops holding suspect Nicholas Blume down, punching him and kicking him in the head more than a dozen times.
As Nicholas Blume lies motionless on the concrete the officers move away – and bump each other in the sick celebration.
The suspect had only been stopped for a traffic violation at the time in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he was beaten up.
John Doyle and Robert Woolever, two police officers from New Mexico have been fired after being filmed brutally beating a suspect then doing a celebratory chest bump
Cops John Doyle and Robert Woolever have now been fired from New Mexico’s police force, which has recently been criticized over its high number of police shootings.
A special prosecutor is also reviewing the February 13 incident and will decide if the two will face criminal charges.
Albuquerque’s mayor Richard Berry said he “expects some answers” after he saw the footage.
The video was taken in the parking garage in the Barcelona Hotel in Albuquerque and shows Blume lying on the floor being punched in the head by Woolever, who is straddling his body.
Officer John Doyle then appears and kicks Nicholas Blume repeatedly in the head as he lies pinned down on the floor, unable to defend himself.
At the end of the tape on the right hand side the two officers can be seen doing the chest bump.
Pictures taken when Nicholas Blume was booked in show his head and face was left bloodied and bruised by the beating.
In an apparent attempt to cover his tracks, cop John Doyle later wrote in his notebook that he was afraid Nicholas Blume had a gun on him and needed to be restrained.
The footage was only released after a Freedom of Information request by the Albuquerque Journal – but the first version did not include the chest bump.
Instead it finished after the kicking and did not show the end, where the cops congratulate each other.
The release comes amid recent calls for a Justice Department probe of the Albuquerque police department, which has faced criticism for 20 officer-involved shootings and other questionable behaviour among officers.
Nicholas Blume was indicted in state District Court on charges of auto theft, receiving a stolen firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
The suspect is facing additional charges in state and federal court that stem from other incidents.