A Milwaukee mother of three was shot and killed by her 2-year-old son yesterday morning while driving on U.S. 41/Highway 175 near Miller Park.
Antonio Price said investigators told him that his sister Patrice Price was driving with her two sons, ages 1 and 2, in the backseat when she was shot. Price said investigators told him the older boy fired the gun.
According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office, the child shot his mother in the back with a 40-caliber firearm that slid out from under the driver’s seat.
Price said his sister was a great mother and always gave him good advice.
The woman’s father, Andre Price, said his daughter was driving her boyfriend’s car when she was shot. He said his daughter was a hardworking mother of three.
Price says he has not been allowed to see his daughter and that he wants to hold her one last time.
Twice in one week
The shooting occurred just a week after a 2-year-old Indianapolis boy took a gun from his mother’s purse on the kitchen counter when she wasn’t watching, then shot and killed himself with it.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers found the child with a single gunshot wound when they arrived at the home around 9 p.m. on April 21. The child died at a children’s hospital.
Police said the mother and child were the only people at home when the shooting happened.
Accidental gun deaths involving children have become a major problem in the U.S.
Last year, about 265 children under 18 shot someone by accident, and 83 of those shootings were fatal, according to research compiled by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Forty-one of those deaths involved the shooters themselves, and most of the shootings involved toddlers or teens playing with the weapons.
Nearly 1.7 million children live in households where guns are stored either loaded or not locked away, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The center publishes a 0-100 score rating each state’s strictness of firearm laws, with 100 being the strictest. Wisconsin’s score is 25, compared with a score of 2 for Kansas and 93.5 for California.
Wisconsin gun safety
Wisconsin state Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, introduced four bills early this year related to firearm safety, including a bill that would have required a gun owner to store firearms in a locked container or have a locking device engaged if there is a child living in the residence or if a child is present in the home.
All four bills were sent to the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, where Republican leaders, who are heavily subsidized by the National Rifle Association, refused to allow a hearing on them.