Dec 30, 2014 3:46 PM
Police: Boy, 2, accidentally kills woman in store
The Associated Press
HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a woman after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday.
The woman was shopping with several children, and it is unclear how they are related, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller said. Authorities originally said the boy was the woman's son.
The woman, whose identity was not released, had a concealed weapons permit.
Miller said the shooting was accidental and occurred in the Wal-Mart in Hayden, Idaho, a town about 40 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington.
The woman and the children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the shooting occurred, authorities said.
KREM-TV reports that witnesses and video surveillance from the store helped deputies determine the shooting was accidental.
The store closed after the shooting and was not expected to reopen until Wednesday morning.
Hayden is a politically conservative town of about 9,000 people just north of Coeur d'Alene in Idaho's northern panhandle.