What started as an innocent trip to Wal-Mart quickly took a tragic turn. A son pulled out his mother’s gun from her purse and shot her to death. We have all the horribly sad details.
Veronica J. Rutledge was shopping with her 2-year-old son when he reached into her purse, grabbed her handgun and shot her. The accident left Veronica dead — so sad.
Boy Shoots Mother To Death At Walmart
On Dec. 30, Veronica J. Rutledge was shopping at a Wal-Mart in northern Idaho with her son and three other children. While in a shopping cart, Veronica’s 2-year-old son reached into her purse, grabbed her gun and accidentally shot it once leaving his mother dead.
The store closed for the remainder of the day for detectives to investigate.
Kootenai County sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller said “It appears to be a pretty tragic accident,” after the shooting.
The victim’s father-in-law, Terry Rutledge, told The Associated Press that Veronica “was a beautiful, young, loving mother. She was not the least bit irresponsible. She was taken much too soon.”
Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart said, “We are working closely with the local sheriff’s department while they investigate what happened.”
Idaho Gun Laws
Veronica did have a concealed weapons permit. Idaho law allows concealed weapons in most public places with the except of prisons, K-12 schools, juvenile detention facilities and courthouses.
Wal-Mart spokesman Aaron Mullins told the Spokesman-Review newspaper that the store’s policy on carrying guns is to defer to state and local laws related to carrying firearms in public.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Veronica’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Shira Benozilio