A three-year-old child accidentally shot their mother dead in front of their horrified grandmother in South Carolina.
In the shocking incident which happened just before 8am on Wednesday, the three-year-old took the unsecured gun and killed their mother, Cora Lyn Bush at their home in Spartanburg.
Her death was witnessed by her mother, the child’s grandmother. Neither the grandmother or child has been named by authorities.
The sheriff’s office added in a Facebook post that the mother, who was 33, died two hours later in a local hospital.
They said: ‘Please keep the family of Ms. Bush in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief.’
After her daughter was taken to hospital, the child’s grandmother told them how the incident unfolded.
She said that the three-year-old had gained access to an unsecured firearm and was responsible for the death of her daughter.
In the shocking incident which happened just before 8am, the three-year-old took the unsecured gun and killed their mother, Cora Lyn Bush at their home in Spartanburg, pictured
An investigation is ongoing into the death. However, The Spartanburg Sherriff’s Office said that her account ‘corroborated with both the evidence at the scene and the injury to the victim.’
They added: ‘Although our investigation remains active, all indications are this incident was a result of the young child gaining access to an unsecured firearm, which resulted in the mother being accidentally shot and later passing away at the hospital.’
No further information has been released by authorities.
An autopsy into the 33-year-old’s death was scheduled to take place on Thursday.
This is another tragic incident involving a gun and comes after a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother dead on August 6.
He had originally told investigators that she was killed by an intruder in the family’s Forestdale, Alabama home.
Ayobiyi Cook, a nurse, who friends called ‘Yo-Yo’, was found dead in the suburban home on the 2400 block of Freemont Avenue after midnight on August 6.
The youth, who was not identified by investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, had originally told police that an intruder had entered their house, shot his mother and then ran away.
Ayobiyi Cook and her husband, Jarvis Cook; the father will look after the boy after the youth accidentally shot his mother
Ayobiyi Cook and her husband Jarvis Cook, a Birmingham police officer, was working at the time of her death
The Cook family home on Freemont Avenue where Ayobiyi Cook was accidentally shot by her 12-year-old son
‘The child originally fabricated a story that detectives determined was not possible,’ Deputy Chief David Agee said.
‘After investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives were able to determine that the victim’s 12-year-old son unintentionally discharged a firearm striking his mother causing her death.’
After more probing, the boy finally changed his story.
An accidental shooting took place on Wednesday outside this Granbury, Texas, Walmart, where police say a two-year-old shot and wounded a one-year-sibling and their mother, 23, after finding a loaded gun in family vehicle’s center console
And in March, a little boy accidentally killed his mother when he found a gun while he was sitting inside a car with his mother Daejah Bennett, 22, and father Romell Watson, 23.
The incident happened in Chicago after the boy was playing with the gun and pointed it and fired a shot in his mother’s neck.
She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
It comes as the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety released an analysis that revealed there have been 194 unintentional shootings by children in the US so far this year.
This resulted in 82 deaths and 123 injuries and the group said: ‘Every year, hundreds of children in the U.S. gain access to firearms and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.’