While the gun was “zippered closed,” the toddler was still able to unzip the pocket and access the gun.
A 29-year-old mother was shot and killed after her two-year-old son accidentally shot with her with her own gun Tuesday morning, local authorities said.
Veronica Rutledge was shopping inside a Walmart Tuesday morning when her toddler accessed the gun concealed inside her purse and discharged it, striking her, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. The child was seated inside the shopping cart next to the purse.
Deputies responded to the scene around 10:20 a.m. for reports of a shooting inside the store. After investigating the scene, detectives said “the shooting appears to be accidental.”
Carrying her gun in a purse was new for Rutledge. For Christmas, her husband gave her a purse specifically designed for concealed carry, which she brought with her to Walmart, The Washington Post reported.