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Mom shot while taking gun from toddler

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A mom was accidentally shot in the leg trying to take a loaded revolver away from her toddler on Thursday, according to Rapid City police.

The 22-year-old mother discovered her 23-month-old son playing with an unsecured revolver around 9 p.m. in a home on East Custer Street, according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel. 

Two shots were fired from the gun when she attempted to take the weapon. One bullet hit her in the leg. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Rapid City police remind gun owners that it is important to safely secure their firearms, especially in homes with children. Firearms should be stored unloaded and locked. Ammunition should be stored in a separate location.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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