Missouri dad charged after 8-year-old shot post gun safety lesson

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri man has been charged with shooting his 8-year-old child after giving a lesson on gun safety as he put a pistol away.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that 45-year-old Phillip Lumas Sr. of Jefferson City was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police wrote in a statement that Lumas said he gave the brief gun safety lesson after the 8-year-old and a 6-year-old asked about his pistols. Court documents say the shooting was accidental.

The 8-year-old was shot early Tuesday and hospitalized in stable condition.

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