“It was like if I was to get up, shake your hand and sat back down,” Justin Reynolds, the child’s father, told local NBC affiliate KOB-TV. “That’s how fast it happened. All of a sudden, we heard a gun go off, and the next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realized I was shot, too.”
Reynolds told the station that the family was getting ready to order pizza when the shooting occurred. He said he acted fast by calling 911 and using towels to try to stop his girlfriend’s bleeding.
“I just took action right away,” he told KOB-TV. “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son, because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing.”
Reynolds was released from the hospital Saturday, but Monique Villescas, the toddler’s mother, remains hospitalized and in stable condition, according to KOB-TV.
“That’s scary, you need to keep your guns put up, and you need to have locks on them,” Robb Robillard, who was in a motel room on the bottom floor when the shooting occurred, told CBS affiliate KRQE News 13.
Both children were placed on a 48-hour hold with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, according to KOB-TV. Investigators said they think the shooting was an accident but still plan to talk with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, according to Raw Story.
“This case will be forwarded to the DA’s office and pending charges of felony criminal negligence will be reviewed on both parents,” Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said, according to ABC news.
“The Albuquerque Police Department cannot emphasize enough that if you choose to be a gun owner ALWAYS secure and lock up your firearm out of the reach of children and adolescents,” Drobik added in a news release on Saturday, according to KOB-TV.