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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. Her 2-year-old son was seated in the shopping cart and got hold of his mom’s concealed weapon from her purse without her realizing it.

Veronica Rutledge, 29, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was shot and killed by her 2-year-old son in a Walmart. (Photo: Facebook)

Veronica Rutledge, 29, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was shot and killed by her 2-year-old son in a Walmart. (Photo: Facebook)

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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12 comments

  • jade

    Not very smart. Clearly safety wasn’t on. This is why you watch your children and don’t let weapons near their reach. Sad but lack of common sense is to blame.

    • 03sv1g

      You are correct that it wasn’t very smart, but a lot of modern pistols don’t have a manual safety. No revolver that I have ever seen has a safety either. I own about 10 handguns and I can only think of 3 of them that have safeties. All of them have some sort of internal safety mechanism that prevents them from discharging if they are dropped but if you pull the trigger, they go bang.

      • 03sv1g

        BTW, a child who is capable of pulling the trigger is capable of flipping a safety lever. Safeties on guns aren’t the magical cure for accidental shootings that people seem to think they are.

    • grandma

      I don’t see any gun-hating comments on here. I only see comments about the safety being off and the stupidity of leaving a gun next to a 2 year old. You sound paranoid.

  • me

    I’m pro-NRA and believe any law abiding competent citizen should have the right to carry. Unfortunately, guns are as deadly as cars and we see all the time how careless and mindless people are while using cars. Rather than make yet more laws about either, I think everyone ought to be required to attend periodic safety classes and be re-certified to use cars or guns.

  • clint

    In the few seconds between the moment her intestines, bowels and other innards got splattered all over the electronics department and the moment she lost consciousness for the last time – let’s hope this woman learned a very valuable lesson about guns, children and stupidity.