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Two-year-old in US accidentally shoots, kills mother

 A two-year-old boy on Tuesday accidentally shot and killed his mother in a Walmart store after taking a gun from her purse, police said.

AFP| Updated: Dec 31, 2014, 12:38 PM IST

Washington: A two-year-old boy on Tuesday accidentally shot and killed his mother in a Walmart store after taking a gun from her purse, police said.

The shooting took place in the store in Hayden, Idaho, where a woman was shopping with her children and other family members.

"Once on scene, deputies found a 29-year-old victim was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound," Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said in a statement.

"Her son was seated in the shopping cart and accessed the victim`s concealed weapon from her purse and discharged it, striking the victim," he added, noting that the shooting appeared to be accidental. 

Sources told a local television station that the woman, who was spending the holidays in the area, had a concealed weapons permit.

"A very sad incident occurred at our store today involving the death of a female customer," the local Walmart store said in a statement.

"We are fully cooperating with the Kootenai County Sheriff`s deputies as they investigate this matter."