GPD update: Mother, child released from hospital

The investigation is ongoing into Wednesday's accidental discharge of a handgun that resulted in a Granbury woman and one of her young children being transported to an area hospital.

A 23-year-old Granbury woman and her 1-1/2-year-old child who were transported to an area hospital Wednesday (Jan. 5) for treatment of injuries sustained from an accidental firing of a handgun have been released from an area hospital, according to the Granbury Police Department.

“We have been told both the mother and the child were released, but we do not know their conditions,” GPD Lt. Russell Grizzard told the Hood County News Thursday morning via email.  

The incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Granbury Walmart when the woman’s 2-1/2-year-old child was “believed to have picked up a handgun which was concealed between the seat and the center console and the gun discharged one time,” according to a Wednesday GPD news release.

The woman was transported by air ambulance with an injury which, at that time on Wednesday, was described as “potentially more serious (than that of the wounded child), but her current condition is not known.”

Lt. Grizzard stated that “Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, it appears that a (2-1/2-year-old) child and a (1-1/2-year-old) child were inside of a vehicle. The mother of the children, a 23-year-old Granbury woman, was standing outside next to the driver’s door. The father of the children, a 26-year-old Granbury man, was standing at the rear of the truck.”

The news release stated that after the bullet was discharged, it “went through soft tissue in the (younger) child’s leg, through the mother’s arm, and into her side in her chest area. The mother was transported to a Fort Worth hospital by air and the baby was transported to a Fort Worth hospital by ground. The baby’s injury is not believed to be life threatening.”

Grizzard added, “The case is under investigation so no determination has been made regarding possible criminal charges.”

When asked about the handgun’s safety switch, Grizzard stated, “The gun is a Glock so there is no manual safety. They have a trigger safety and other internal safeties, but no external manual safety”

The ages of the two children in the first news release from the GPD were incorrect, Grizzard noted, explaining that, “The child who was shot is 1-1/2 years old and the other child is 2-1/2 years old. The dates of birth given to officers initially were incorrect.”