Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mom at Walmart

Idaho police say boy, 2, fired handgun that was in mother's purse
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2014 4:31 PM CST
A Walmart store in California. The fatal shooting took place in Hayden, Utah.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – Tragedy unfolded inside a Walmart store in Hayden, Idaho, this morning when a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother, reports the Coeur d'Alene Press. Police say the toddler was in a shopping cart when he reached into his mother's purse and somehow discharged a handgun inside, reports the AP. "It appears to be a pretty tragic accident," says a Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman. The 29-year-old victim remains unidentified, but authorities say she was in town visiting relatives. She had a concealed weapons permit. (Read more Idaho stories.)

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