A Ted Cruz-supporting gun rights’ activist was accidentally shot in the back by her 4-year-old son, police say.
Jamie Gilt, 31, was shot in her car in Putnam County, Florida, on March 8, Jacksonville.com reports. The website says that she told responding officers that the culprit was her 4-year-old son who was traveling in the car with her. The bullet went through her back and out of her torso. She is in stable condition in a local hospital and is expected to be fine.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Day Before the Shooting She Wrote on Facebook: ‘Even My 4-Year-Old Gets Jacked Up to Target Shoot With the .22’
On her Facebook page, “Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense,” she got into a fight with commenters over her belief in teaching her children how to shoot. In one comment, she wrote, “Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22.”
The shooting involved a .45 caliber handgun. Jacksonville.com reports that cops in Putnam County spotted her truck and horse trailer stopped in the middle of the road. Inside, they found Gilt wounded after a bullet had apparently pierced her seat and hit her in the back. Her son was unharmed in the incident. She is being treated at UF Health in Gainesville, Florida.
2. She’s a Passionate Horseback Rider & Was on Her Way to Pick Up a New Pony When the Shooting Occurred
CBS Jacksonville reports that Gilt is a passionate horseback rider and that she was on her way to pick up a new pony when the shooting occurred.
Her passion is also demonstrated from pictures on her personal Facebook page, where she also posts professional modeling photos.
3. Gilt Is Stumping for Ted Cruz in 2016
Her profile photo on her personal Facebook page is a pro-Ted Cruz pictures. It declares the Texas senator and GOP contender for president to be “Patriotically Correct.” On March 1, she posted an article from Gunowners.org which was titled, “Ted Cruz is the Presidential Candidate Who has the Longest Record of Fighting for Gun Rights.”
Gilt spends the majority of her time on Facebook posting discredited comments attributed to Democratic candidates, including a meme which claimed that Hillary Clinton said, “I will get the NRA shut down for good if I become president. If we can ban handguns we will do it.” That quote has been proven as false.
4. She Sells Nutrition Supplements for Advocare
Gilt works as a distributor for the nutrition supplement, Advocare. She started at the company in January 2015. Gilt operates the company out her home in Jacksonville.
She graduated from St. Johns River State College.
5. Investigators Called the Shooting ‘Accidental’ & ‘Not a Criminal Event’
Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating the incident, particularly how the child got his hands on the loaded gun. Speaking to the media, Capt. Joseph Wells of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said, “This is definitely not a criminal event. This is an accidental shooting.”
But the shooting could still lead to criminal charges against Gilt, the sheriff’s office said in a statement:
Our investigation has revealed that the firearm was legally owned by the victim and the child came to possess the firearm without the victim’s knowledge. Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm. The investigation is ongoing to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle. The primary concern for PCSO at this time is to provide the necessary services and assistance to the young man and his family. Due to her medical condition, Detectives have not been able to interview the victim and any decision on the filing of criminal charges will not come until after we speak with the victim. It is not known when we anticipate speaking with the victim.
The Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the incident. Her son is with family members.