A three-year-old boy in the US accidentally shot and killed his mother, law enforcement officials said. The incident happened in South Carolina on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office. It said the child “gained access to an unsafe firearm,” which led to the accident and the woman’s death. The sheriff’s office identified the woman as Cora Lynn Bush, who lived in Spartanburg. The 33-year-old died two hours after the accident at a local hospital.
The sheriff’s office released the statement based on the grandmother’s account, which “corroborated both the evidence at the scene and the victim’s injuries,” according to a report. The New York Post.
No further information was released, though officials added that an investigation is ongoing.
The media release said the sheriff’s office received a call at 10:35 a.m. from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center about a fatality due to a shooting incident.
“Keep Mrs. Bush’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief,” the sheriff’s office statement added.
It added that a forensic autopsy is scheduled to take place.
After Ms. Bush was taken to the hospital, the sheriff’s office spoke with her mother and said her story was corroborated by both the evidence at the scene and the victim’s injuries.
“While our investigation remains active, all indications are that this incident resulted from a young child having access to an unsecured firearm, which resulted in the mother being accidentally shot and later dying at the hospital,” the sheriff’s office said.
CBS-Affiliate News19 reported that so far this year, there have been at least 194 unintentional shootings by children in the United States, resulting in 82 deaths and 123 injuries.