Florida Woman Accidentally Shot by Her 4-Year-Old Son

Composite image; original from News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Composite image; original from News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, Florida.

Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

A Florida woman, later identified as 31 year old Jamie Gilt, is now in stable condition after being shot by her four-year-old son. You read that right, she was shot in the back by her four year son while driving. The four-year-old reportedly found the handgun on the floor of her truck. The .45-caliber handgun was confirmed by county sheriffs to be owned by Gilt herself.

A deputy on patrol at the time, saw her truck partially stopped in the road, with Gilt described behaving frantically in the driver’s seat and her son crying uncontrollably.

Her truck was pulling a horse trailer, on a busy 55-mph road, and the deputy was concerned about the potential for an accident.

When the officer saw that Gilt had been shot through the driver’s seat and the bullet had exited through her stomach. An officer says that she told deputies that her son had accidentally shot her.

Gilt’s son was not injured in the incident. He is said to be staying with relatives for the time being. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted and are investigating the situation. Under Florida state law, it is a classified as misdemeanor for someone to store or leave a loaded gun where a child can access it. At press time, no charges have yet been filed against the mother.

Kyle Cruz, a Senior at IRHS, says, “I think that it’s crazy how her son did that.  She [Gilt] should have put the gun somewhere hidden.”

Various social media accounts for a women of the same name living in Jacksonville, FL show that Gilt is a vocal Republican and also an advocate for gun rights. She was reportedly bragging in a comment on Facebook about how her son apparently gets excited around guns just one day before being accidentally shot by said son.

“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22,” Gilt posted on Facebook.

When asked what she thought about the situation, Sidney Bartlett, another Senior at IRHS, said, “I think there could have been variables to the situation. Overall, the mother [Gilt] should have taken proper precautions such as having the safety on and keeping the gun out of the reach of the child. This is not a good event for pro gun people but it does prove that following safe [handling procedures] is key to gun control.”

“I personally think she’s lucky to be alive.  Situation could have been much worse, when you think about it.  Worst part is this is the 2nd or 3rd story like this–kids shooting people with loose guns–that I’ve heard this month,” said teacher Mr. Anderson.