A two-year-old boy rummaged through his mother’s purse during a family outing at a Idaho Walmart. What he found was a gun and the end result left her dead in the store.
A toddler shot and killed a Walmart shopper Tuesday morning in what deputies described as an “accident.”
The woman was later identified by authorities said Veronica Rutledge from Blackfoot, Idaho.
Walmart employees evacuated the Hayden store around 10:20 a.m. following the gunshot.
Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found a 29-year-old woman dead inside the store.
Rutledge was shopping with four kids, when her two-year-old son reached into her purse and accidentally discharged the weapon, according deputies. Authorities said the toddler was seated in the shopping cart when the gun was discharged. The woman and children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the deadly shooting happened.
Deputies said the Rutledge was in town for holidays and is not from the area. Authorities said the victim did have a concealed weapon. Authorities said Rutledge had a concealed weapon permit out of Spokane.
Video surveillance in the store, along with eye witness testimony helped deputies determine that this was an accident. Walmart issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:
“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.”
The boy was likely emulating what he sees on TV and now he and his siblings will be scarred for life. Especially walking into Wally World.