Patrice Price, 26, of Milwaukee was shot dead by her own 2-year-old son who fired a gun he found inside the car his mother was driving.
According to The Root, Price’s boyfriend works as a security guard and she was driving his vehicle with her son accompanying her. He found the weapon that was left behind in the car and fired it, hitting Price in the back. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
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“Initial witness accounts indicate that a child in the backseat of the vehicle got a hold of a gun and discharged the firearm, sending a single bullet into the driver’s back,” the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The MCSO investigation into the death is ongoing.”
Price was described by her father as a hardworking mother of three.
"Now I don't have her no more. My chest has been hurting," her father, Andre Price, said. "I have a knot in my chest. They won't even let me see my daughter. I wanted to hold my daughter for one last time."
As the investigation continues, the initial details of this incident raise several questions, starting with how the child was able to reach the gun. The firearm should never have been casually placed in the vehicle to begin with; it should have been locked inside the glove compartment or even the trunk.
Furthermore, how was the toddler mobile enough to reach for and shoot the gun? Was he not properly strapped in a car seat?
Answers to those questions are likely to come to light throughout the investigation; meanwhile, Price’s family must come to terms with the heartbreaking fact that her three children are now motherless.
Unfortunately, Price lost her life because of a negligent error, but an almost identical incident occurred in Florida when a gun rights activist was accidentally shot through the stomach by her toddler son while she was driving and she survived.
Carelessness is one of the worst traits we see among gun owners. Accidental shootings due to improper gun handling and storage have taken one too many lives.
Last December, a 17-year-old Missouri teen was killed on Christmas Eve after her father accidentally shot her while he was cleaning his gun in the house. In another incident, a Houston, Texas teen fatally shot himself while trying to take a selfie posing with a gun.
In one of the most ironic accidental shootings last year, a father shot and injured his 12-year-old daughter during a home lesson on gun safety.
Guns are normalized in American society, treated almost as a glamorized accessory as opposed to a dangerous weapon, which is why there is room in our culture for these devastating accidents to occur.
Price’s death and other accidental shootings should serve as examples that prove something needs to change.
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