2-year-old accidentally shoots mother

Published 3:58 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. — Concealed weapons are part of everyday life in Idaho. And that’s unlikely to change in the Mountain West state despite a shocking accident in which a 2-year-old boy reached into his mother’s purse, grabbed her gun and shot her in the head inside a WalMart.

Veronica J. Rutledge was shopping Tuesday morning with her son and three nieces in Hayden, Idaho, when the young boy got ahold of the small-caliber handgun. It discharged one time, killing her.

About 7 percent of adults in Idaho had concealed weapons permits at the end of 2012. That ranked Idaho among the top third of states.

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