Toddler shoots, kills mom at Idaho Walmart

Toddler shoots, kills mom at Idaho Walmart

A woman was accidentally shot and killed by her two-year-old son at the Wal-Mart in Hayden, Idaho, Tuesday morning.

Lt. Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened at 10:20 a.m. as the 29-year-old woman was shopping with several children in the back of the store in the Electronics department.

“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.”

Miller said the 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.

The woman, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, 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 Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a pretty tragic incident right now that we’re dealing with,” Miller said.

The Wal-Mart was evacuated after the shooting and closed down. Employees seen leaving the store said they could not discuss anything about the shooting.

“The store actually evacuated all the patrons out of it, nobody else was hurt which is fortunate,” Miller said, adding that the store’s manager confirmed the store will be closed through Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.

“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 Wednesday afternoon.

Grief counselors are reportedly being made available for employees who want to talk about what happened.

The woman’s family, who was visiting the store from out of town, is on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. The victim has not been identified pending notification of her family.