A woman was accidentally shot and killed by her two-year-old son while shopping at a Walmart in Idaho on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old woman has been identified as Veronica Rutledge. She was shopping with several children in the back of the store at the Electronics department at the time of the shooting.
“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.”
That’s when 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. She died at the scene.
“A very sad incident occurred at our store today involving the death of a female customer. We are fully cooperating with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies as they investigate this matter,” Aaron Mullins, senior manager for Walmart Media Relations, said over the phone early Tuesday afternoon.
The Wal-Mart was evacuated after the shooting and closed down. Employees seen leaving the store told reporters they could not discuss anything about the shooting.