Son Admits To Accidentally Shooting Mother In West Des Moines

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WEST DES MOINES,  Iowa  —  A West Des Moines man is facing weapons and drugs charges after reportedly shooting his mother on accident.

Police were called to a home at 300 18th Street around 5:00am on Friday on a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound.  When paramedics arrived they found 43 year old Jennifer Mary Carter with a non-life threatening wound.

Police say they were called by her 21-year old son, Gage Mauk.  Mauk says he was handling a handgun in the basement of the home when it went off.  The round went through the floor and hit his Mother as she slept on the ground floor.

Police conducted a search warrant and arrested Mauk.  He’s charged with Reckless Use of a Firearm Causing Serious Injury and two drug charges.