A Toddler, a Loose Gun in a Car, and a Mother Dies
No one can know for sure what was in the mind of the person who fired the shot that killed a woman as she drove through Milwaukee on Tuesday. The shooter was 2 years old.
The woman who died on State Highway 175 was Patrice Price, 26, the Milwaukee County sheriff’s office said Wednesday, and the gun was in the hands of her own toddler.
The weapon, which investigators found on the floor of the back seat, was a .40-caliber pistol used by Ms. Price’s boyfriend, a security guard. His gun belt and tactical vest were also in the car, the sheriff’s office said. The local news media reported that the blue Dodge sedan Ms. Price was driving belonged to the boyfriend.
The sheriff’s office, which would not name the boyfriend, said in a statement that the 2-year-old, who was not in a car seat, “retrieved a firearm that slid out from under the driver’s seat and shot through the seat, striking the driver.”
Ms. Price managed to stop the car, but by the time rescue personnel reached her, she was not breathing. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The sheriff’s office did not say whether anyone would face criminal charges.
In tales of gun violence, accidents involving curious children and weapons seem especially tragic, but they are not especially unusual. Most often, they involve guns left unsecured by the child’s parents.
In the seven days that ended Tuesday, in addition to the death of Ms. Price, a 3-year-old in Georgia, a 3-year-old in Louisiana, a 2-year-old in Missouri and a 2-year-old in Indiana fatally shot themselves; a 4-year-old in Texas shot and wounded a family member; a 16-year-old in California killed a 14-year-old friend in a shooting that officials called accidental; a 15-year-old in Texas accidentally shot and wounded a 16-year-old friend; and a 13-year-old in Indiana accidentally shot and wounded herself.
In an episode with striking parallels to the Milwaukee shooting, last month a mother driving in Florida was shot and wounded by her 4-year-old son, who was in the back seat; law enforcement officials said that in that case, too, the gun had been stashed under the driver’s seat, and then slid backward. The woman, Jamie Gilt, had operated a pro-gun Facebook page on which she said her children knew how to shoot, and “even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22.”
上月发生的一件事，与密尔沃基这起枪击事件惊人地相似。在佛罗里达州，一名正在开车的母亲被后座上四岁的儿子开枪打伤。执法官员称，在那起事件中，手枪也是藏在了驾驶员座位的下方，后来滑到了后面。那名女子叫杰米·吉尔特(Jamie Gilt)。在那之前，她在Facebook上创建了一个支持拥有枪支的页面，并在该页面上称自己的孩子知道怎么开枪，“就连我四岁的儿子都会兴奋地要用 .22口径的枪进行目标射击”。
Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group, says that since the start of 2015, at least 342 people in the United States have been accidentally shot by people under age 18.
控枪团体“每座城镇都要维护枪支安全”(Everytown for Gun Safety)称，2015年初以来，美国至少有342人被18岁以下的未成年人不小心开枪击中。
When Ms. Price, a mother of three, was fatally shot in Milwaukee, her mother and her 1-year-old child were also in the car.
“Now I don’t have her no more,” her father, Andre Price, told WISN, a local television station. “I got a knot in my chest.”