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3-year-old shoots parents in NE Albuquerque motel:

A toddler shot both of his parents on Saturday after reaching into his mother’s purse for her iPod, but found a loaded handgun instead, according to Albuquerque police.

Both people are expected to survive.

The 3-year-old boy fired one shot, which struck his father in the right buttock. The bullet went out of his hip and then hit the woman, who is eight months pregnant, in the arm, said Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman.

The family, which also includes a 2-year-old girl, was living in the room at America’s Best Value Inn near Menaul and University where the shooting occurred, Drobik said. The man and woman each confirmed the story, but the two children won’t be interviewed until a later date because of their age. A 9mm handgun was found inside the motel room.

The shooting took place around 2 p.m. in a second floor room of the motel at 2018 Menaul NE.

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