Mom shoots child (missed once) while learning about gun
Mother Loading Gun Shoots Son
A nine-year-old Rockdale County boy remains hospitalized at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after authorities say he was shot in the stomach as his mother was trying to load a gun.
Sheriff Jeff Wigington says authorities believe the shooting of Johnny Andrews early Saturday was an accident. But he says authorities have questions about why people would have been using a gun at 1 a.m. in the morning when children were present.
His mother, Carey Fitts, faces a charge of reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.
The sheriff's department says it appears the woman's boyfriend was showing her how to use a .45-caliber gun when two shots were fired, one hitting her son in the stomach.
Authorities say it appears the 30-year-old woman was pulling the slide back to load the weapon and her finger must have been on the trigger.
Two other children, ages four and ten months, were in the Brandon Glen apartment at the time.
The sheriff says the boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.