The image of a 23-month old child carrying a revolver around is terrifying, and Thursday night at a house in North Rapid, it happened.
The 22-year-old mother, who lives in a house on East Custer Street, found her toddler holding a revolver.
When she tried to get the gun away from the child, it went off twice and shot her once in the leg. Police responded around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.
The mother was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The toddler was unharmed.
The Rapid City Police Department is using this accident to recommend gun owners to keep their ammunition and their gun separate. "If you have children, it's different. Children present a risk themselves, so we want to keep that separate," said Sergeant Brian Blenner. "If you felt the need that you had to have your ammunition stored with your weapon, it should be locked up in a container that only you know the combination for, or you have a key for, and the children would not have any access to that weapon."
It was determined to be an accidental discharge. No charges will be filed.