Police describe mother shot by son at baseball game as an ‘accident’

Police: Mother shot by son at baseball game

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A mother is in the hospital after police say her son accidentally shot her at a baseball game Tuesday night.

Police say the boy found the gun in a 76-year-old's vintage jeep that was on display.

The child’s mother is still recovering at Regional One. At last check she was in critical condition.

“It’s an accident. Pure and simple. The child is innocent,” said Millington Chief Police Mark Dunbar.

That's how Chief Dunbar described the incident at USA Baseball Stadium.

Police say an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother when they were attending the University of Memphis and Tennessee-Martin classic baseball game.

"The juvenile believed it was a toy gun and he picked the gun up, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot his mother," said Dunbar.

Charles McFarland, 76, is charged with reckless endangerment after police say the child found the unsecured gun in his vintage World War II jeep.

McFarland's jeep was at the stadium on display as part of a Veterans Appreciation Day.

Chief Dunbar says McFarland does have a permit to carry.

According to the Millington website, pets, alcohol and coolers aren't allowed in the USA Stadium.

The policy doesn't mention anything about weapons.

"I didn't really realize that it would hit home with us too," said Robert White, pastor.

Pastor Robert White has known McFarland for about three years.

He says McFarland is an army veteran and involved in the community.

"He takes these military vehicles and shows them all over the place probably several times a year," said White.

We went to McFarland's listed address. No one came to the door, but we saw signs of a Mid-South Military Museum and a vintage helicopter out back.

As for Chief Dunbar, he has a message to gun owners.

"If you've got a weapon, everybody's got a right to carry it if they have a carry permit. But you need to use common sense about securing your weapon," said Dunbar.

Millington Municipal Schools confirms the child goes to school there.

We've reached out to the stadium for more information on security and policies, we were directed to the public safety director who said he hasn't been authorized to answer those questions.

McFarland is expected to be in court next Tuesday.

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