October 26, 2013

A four-year-old playing with a .25 caliber pistol accidentally shot his aunt in the back while sitting in a parked car outside a Tampa store.

The gun had been left in the pocket behind the driver’s seat, and the child returned it to its place after looking at it and shooting his aunt, reports WPTV.com, a local NBC affiliate.

The weapon was left there unsecured and loaded by the child’s uncle, who came running out of the store after he heard the shots fired and then left the scene. Authorities confirm Randall Simmons is the owner of the gun and wanted for felony culpable negligence and felon in possession of a firearm.

The bullet hit the child’s aunt near her spine, and doctors have told her it’s too dangerous to operate and try to take out.

"I'm more concerned about my nephew. I'm scared that he's going to be traumatized because after all he is a four year old kid you know," she said.

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