2-year-old boy accidentally shoots mother dead at Wal-Mart in US

Dec 31, 2014, 10:56 IST | PTI

Los Angeles: In a tragic incident, a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after taking a gun from her purse while she was shopping at a Wal-Mart store in the US.

The incident happened at the Wal-Mart store in Hayden, Idaho, while a 29-year-old woman identified as Veronica J Rutledge was shopping with four kids.

Her two-year-old son reached into her purse and accidentally discharged the weapon, police said.

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Authorities said the toddler was seated in the shopping cart when the gun was discharged. The woman and children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the deadly shooting happened.

Authorities interviewed the kids, who were all younger than eleven-years-old, who witnessed the shooting that took place yesterday.

Rutledge was in town for holidays and is not from the area. Rutledge had a concealed weapon permit out of Spokane, local KREM-TV reported.

Idaho recognises concealed-weapons permits from other states, but people who decide to keep their guns hidden must carry the out-of-state license with them at all times, according to the Idaho Attorney General's Office website.

Unless a private business prohibits weapons on its property, anyone with a concealed-weapons permit can carry a firearm.

Video surveillance in the store, along with eye witness testimony helped deputies determine that this was an accident.

Detectives were investigating the scene and Wal-Mart officials immediately shuttered the store in Hayden, said the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

Wal-Mart, in a statement said, "A very sad incident occurred at our store involving the death of a female customer. We are fully cooperating with the Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies as they investigate this matter."

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