A three-year-old in the United States accidentally shot and killed his mother, according to law enforcement officials. The incident took place in South Carolina on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post of the sheriff’s office. It said the toddler “gave access to an unsafe gun”, leading to the accident and death of the woman. The sheriff’s office identified the woman as Cora Lyn Bush, of Spartanburg. The 33-year-old man died two hours after the crash at a local hospital.
The sheriff’s office released a statement based on the grandmother’s account, “corroborating with both the evidence at the scene and the injury to the victim,” according to a report in New York Post.
No further information has been released, although officials added that the investigation is ongoing.
The media release said the sheriff’s office received a call from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center at 10:35 a.m. regarding a death caused by a shooting.
“Please keep Mrs. Bush’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief,” the sheriff’s office added in a statement.
It added that a forensic examination was scheduled to take place.
After Mrs. Bush was taken to the hospital, the sheriff’s office spoke to her mother and said her account of the incident corroborated both the evidence at the scene and the victim’s injuries.
The sheriff’s office said: “Although our investigation is still ongoing, all indications are that this incident was caused by the child’s access to an unsecured firearm, which resulted in the mother’s death. was accidentally shot and later died at the hospital,” the sheriff’s office said.
CBS-personnel News19 Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 194 unintentional shootings of children in the US, killing 82 people and injuring 123.