Mother in critical condition after 8-year-old accidentally shoots her at baseball game, gun owner charged

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Charles McFarland Jr., 76, has been charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after an eight-year-old boy found his gun and accidentally shot his mother. (Photo: Facebook)Charles McFarland Jr., 76, has been charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after an eight-year-old boy found his gun and accidentally shot his mother. (Photo: Facebook)
Charles McFarland Jr., 76, has been charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after an eight-year-old boy found his gun and accidentally shot his mother. (Photo: Facebook)

A mother is in critical condition after her eight-year-old son accidentally shot her, believing a gun he found at a college baseball game in Millington, Tenn. was a toy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The gun's owner, Charles McFarland Jr., 76, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, as per a statement released by the&nbsp;Millington Police Department.” data-reactid=”23″>The gun’s owner, Charles McFarland Jr., 76, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, as per a statement released by the Millington Police Department.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The incident occurred during the annual&nbsp;Babe Howard Classic&nbsp;game at the U.S.A Baseball Stadium on Tuesday night. The young boy had been playing in McFarland’s vintage World War II jeep, which was on display for Veterans Appreciation Day, when he discovered the loaded gun inside the vehicle. The eight-year-old believed the weapon was a toy and fired it at his mother.” data-reactid=”26″>The incident occurred during the annual Babe Howard Classic game at the U.S.A Baseball Stadium on Tuesday night. The young boy had been playing in McFarland’s vintage World War II jeep, which was on display for Veterans Appreciation Day, when he discovered the loaded gun inside the vehicle. The eight-year-old believed the weapon was a toy and fired it at his mother.

The mother, who was conscious when she left the stadium, was taken to a Memphis hospital where she remains in critical condition.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Secure your weapons," Millington police chief Mark Dunbar said in a&nbsp;press conference on Tuesday, according to NBC News. "Everybody’s got a right to carry, if they got a carry permit, but you need to use common sense and secure your weapons."” data-reactid=”30″>”Secure your weapons,” Millington police chief Mark Dunbar said in a press conference on Tuesday, according to NBC News. “Everybody’s got a right to carry, if they got a carry permit, but you need to use common sense and secure your weapons.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="McFarland is a veteran and gun shop owner. He also runs a&nbsp;military museum&nbsp;with his family in Atoka.” data-reactid=”31″>McFarland is a veteran and gun shop owner. He also runs a military museum with his family in Atoka.

No bond has been set for McFarland.

The baseball game between the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin was suspended due to the shooting.

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