In an unfortunate event, a 29-year-old woman was accidentally shot dead by her toddler son at a northern Idaho Walmart on Tuesday.
According to the authorities, a 2-year-old boy fatally shot at his mother after he accidentally found a concealed gun into her purse while the woman along with her other three children went for a shopping at a Walmart store in Hayden, Idaho, which is northeast of Spokane in Washington.
Stu Miller, spokesperson of Kootenai County sheriff, said that the woman had a permit of concealed weapons.
Miller said that the woman, whose identity was not released, and her family had come to the area to visit their relatives.
The authorities said that the toddler, who was left in a shopping cart, reached into the purse of the victim and got a small-caliber handgun, the weapon that took life of his mother.
The woman’s husband was not present at the store when the unfortunate incident took place at around 10:20 am local time.
Meanwhile, the Walmart store remained close on Tuesday and was expected to not re-open until Wednesday morning.
“The shooting was a very sad and tragic accident. We are working closely with the local sheriff’s department while they investigate what happened,” said Brooke Buchanan, a Walmart spokesperson, in a statement.
This is not the first incident when accidental fatalities involving children handling guns has occurred in the United States.
In November, a 3-year-old boy got seriously injured in Washington state when he was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old neighbor. Again in April this year, a 2-year-old boy apparently shot dead his 11-year-old sister while they were playing with a gun at their Philadelphia home.