A toddler has been reported to have accidentally shot his mother and 3-month-old infant sibling while they were sitting inside a car parked outside Walmart on U.S. Highway 377 at 11:25 a.m on Wednesday, Jan. 5, after finding the firearm inside the vehicle.

The 1-year-old child, who was inside the car along with his 3-month-old infant sibling, had reportedly picked up a handgun that was concealed between the seat and center console inside the car.

Playing with the firearm, the kid then accidentally fired the gun, and the bullet went through the soft tissue of the 3-month-old child’s leg, through the mother’s arm, and into the side of her chest area. The 23-year-old mother was reportedly standing outside the car near the driver’s side door when she was shot. The 26-year-old father, who was standing near the rear of the vehicle, was fortunately not wounded in the incident, NBC DFW reported.

Following the accidental shooting, the mother was immediately flown by helicopter to a hospital in Fort Worth with “potentially” serious wounds.

Meanwhile, the baby's injury is not believed to be life-threatening. The infant was transported to a Fort Worth hospital by ground.

No other injuries have been reported in connection with the shooting.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a three-year-old toddler reportedly accidentally shot his five-year-old cousin to death while playing with a handgun in South Fulton, Georgia on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 25, Latin Times reported.

According to the victim's family members, the 3-year-old child found a registered handgun under a sofa cushion and accidentally fired it into the chest of his 5-year-old cousin, Khalis Eberhart, while the families were celebrating Thanksgiving at the Camp Creek Apartments on Washington Road.

The family members immediately rushed the toddler to a nearby hospital. However, she subsequently succumbed to her fatal injuries.

"I wasn't careless. My baby was shot. I didn't do anything wrong. I am going through the pain," the victim's father Nathaniel Eberhart said.

Nathaniel said that the family had just arrived at the apartment and that they had only been in there for about five minutes when they heard the gunshot.

"It's Thanksgiving every day to us, but I don't think we'll ever, ever celebrate Thanksgiving the way we normally do no more," the child's grandmother Tracy Towns said.'

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