Dad charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots pregnant mom

Dad charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots pregnant mom

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of East 81st Avenue in Merrillville, Ind., in the parking lot of Plato's Closet. Their mother, Shanique Thomas, who is 7-weeks pregnant, stayed with the children and was sitting in the driver's seat. The victim was hospitalized and her condition was not immediately clear.

Police said the father stashed the 9-mm. handgun in the center console to go inside the secondhand clothing store.

The couple had traveled from their home in Michigan City to get pregnancy care at a Planned Parenthood, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana. Thomas advised authorities she discovered "a loudly pop like a balloon" then realized that "a large amount of blood was appearing from of her", based to a statement from Merrillville Police office reviewed by Foxnews.

The toddler and her one-year-old brother were in the auto with a 21-year-old woman identified as their mother when the older child picked up a loaded handgun left in the vehicle. The bullet went through the seat and hit the woman in her right shoulder.

Thomas reportedly got out of the driver seat to open the door to the backseat where her children were sitting, but couldn't hold herself for long and collapsed.

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The woman was transported to Methodist Hospital's Southlake campus.

According to police, Thomas had surgery for the injuries and suffered nerve damage.

"There was blood flowing all from her stomach, just coming out like water, like a faucet, and I screamed 'Someone call 911, '" Hadassah Zirkle tells NBC Chicago.

The worker and her co-workers gathered towels for the mother and brought her children inside the store away from the scene, she said in court documents.

"She was just saying 'Help, help, '" said Rebecca Todd, according to TV station. Detective Sgt. James Bogner says the girl "had no idea what she had done and she was very scared".

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