Mother dead after 2-year-old grabs gun from purse, shoots her inside Walmart

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HAYDEN, Idaho — A 29-year-old mother was shot dead by her 2-year-old child inside a Walmart in North Idaho on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials

Authorities said the woman, later identified as Veronica Rutledge, 29, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was shopping with four children when the toddler apparently grabbed the firearm in the woman’s purse and the gun fired.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Stu Miller said the shooting happened around 10:20 a.m. as the woman was shopping in the back of the store in the electronics department reported KXLY-TV.

“It appears that the victim brought several of her children here to do some shopping after the holidays,” Miller said during a media briefing in the parking lot Tuesday morning. “The child looks like to be sitting in the shopping cart with the purse while the female victim was shopping.”

Miller said the woman’s two-year-old son, who was sitting in the shopping cart, grabbed a handgun that was concealed in her purse and fired the gun, hitting the woman.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office described the shooting as “accidental” in a news release.

Deputies confirmed reports that the woman was the child’s mother, though her identity has yet to be released until family is notified.

Officials said the woman had a concealed weapons permit.

The investigation is ongoing.

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9 comments

  • marishka potochney

    for asshole that said the baby was white shit it was prob a little nigger who shot his nigger mother so then everyone can make an excuse to destroy thee town they live in then blame everyone else yeah got something to say contact me on facebook marishka potochney

  • patrick

    See, guns dont kill people, 2 year olds do! This tragic accident could have been avoided had the mother not felt compelled to carry a gun around for “safety!”

    • frankblank1

      It’s Idaho. Where gun nuts are considered far more intelligent and influential than college presidents.
      “Idaho lawmakers passed legislation earlier this year allowing concealed weapons on the state’s public college and university campuses.
      Despite facing opposition from all eight of the state’s university college presidents, lawmakers sided with gun rights advocates who said the law would better uphold the Second Amendment.”

  • royce

    If you want to see something shocking just watch the surveillance video form Wal Mart. She made one heck of a mess, she got splattered all over the place there was blood and chunks everywhere. Glad I didn’t have to clean it up, yuck.