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Nuclear Scientist Killed by 2-YEAR-OLD Son After He Found Gun in Her Purse While Shopping at Wal-Mart

An Idaho woman was shot and killed by her 2-year-old son at a Coeur d’Alene Wal-Mart after the toddler found her gun in her purse and accidentally discharged the weapon.

Police say 29-year-old Veronica Rutledge was shopping at Wal-Mart with her four children with her 2-year-old in the shopping cart.

The boy reached into his mother’s purse and accidentally caused the gun to fire.

“It appears to be a pretty tragic accident,” Kootenai County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Stu Miller told USA Today.

Store surveillance footage helped police understand exactly what happened and the Sheriff’s Office has ruled the death an accident.

Police say Rutledge had a concealed carry permit.

Rutledge’s father-in-law, Terry Rutledge, described the young nuclear scientist as a “beautiful, young, loving mother. She was not the least bit irresponsible. She was taken much too soon.”

The store closed down after the incident.

“A very sad incident occurred at our store today involving the death of a female customer,” a Wal-Mart statement said. “We are fully cooperating with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies as they investigate the matter.”

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