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Woman Shot and Killed by 6-Year-Old
Kid found gun in backseat
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2014 11:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another day, another reminder that kids plus guns equals tragedy. A 22-year-old South Carolina woman was killed while riding in the passenger seat of a friend's car yesterday, when that friend's six-year-old child accidentally shot her in the back, police told reporters. The child found the gun on the floorboard of the backseat of the Dodge SUV, and fired a bullet through the seat, into the chest of Alexandra Anita Santos. She was pronounced dead at 12:53pm, the Greenville News reports.

The child was one of three in the vehicle—the others were ages 3 and 5. None were related to Santos, though she does have a baby of her own. Santos' mother tells Fox Carolina that the child's mother originally tried to pin the killing on Santos' ex-boyfriend, telling Santos' mother he had shot Santos through the car. Santos' mom is furious over that deception. "You give any kind of access to a firearm to a six-year-old child, somebody needs to be responsible," she says.

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Apr 19, 2014 3:01 PM CDT
Irresponsible gun owner. That's the only comment worth posting on this forum. Any other comment is just trolling for attention. Don't reply you won't get the attention you seek.
Apr 19, 2014 8:56 AM CDT
South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum
Apr 19, 2014 7:28 AM CDT
"Another day, another reminder that kids plus guns equals tragedy." Yet no mention of how statistically this is a very rare thing, no mention of all the gun suicides and gun deaths from crime that run rampant. Good job news.