A toddler riding in the back of a car accidentally shot dead his mother, Patrice Price, 26, with a gun that slid out from under the driver’s seat, on Tuesday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child, aged two and a half and identified by local media as a boy, fired the 40-caliber gun through the driver’s seat where his mother was at the wheel. Local broadcaster WISN quoted the victim’s father as saying that she was a mother of three.
The weapon apparently belonged to the victim’s security guard boyfriend, with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper reporting that she was driving his car because hers had been stolen days earlier.
The sheriff’s office said that deputies found a security officer’s gun belt belonging to the boyfriend on the floor of the front passenger seat.
The firearm was recovered on the floor behind the driver’s seat. An investigation is under way.
Following the shooting, fellow motorists stopped and pushed the car out of traffic before police arrived and performed CPR on Price while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical personnel.