A mother driving down a Milwaukee highway was shot and killed by her toddler son in the backseat when he got his hands on a gun, police said. Patrice Price, 26, was driving a car belonging to her security guard boyfriend when her the two-year-old accidentally fired a weapon that had been left in the vehicle, her father Andre Price told WISN.
She was pronounced dead on scene Tuesday on Highway 175, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“Initial witness accounts indicate that a child in the back seat of the vehicle got ahold of a gun and discharged the firearm, sending a single bullet into the driver’s back,” the department said in a statement. “The MCSO investigation into the death is on-going.”
Andre Price, who was distraught at his daughter’s death, said that she had been a hard-working mother-of-three.
“I have a knot in my chest. They won’t even let me see my daughter. I wanted to hold my daughter for one last time,” he said.
The incident comes less than two months after a Florida mom was shot in the back while driving by her 4-year-old son, who found a loaded weapon in the back seat.
Jamie Gilt, who posted often about her love of guns, survived the mid-drive shooting, though authorities are contemplating charges for the 31-year-old mom.