Woman shot by toddler called responsible gun owner by friends, family – KXLY Spokane

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015

DESPITE TAKING PRECAUTIONS – A YOUNG MOTHER IS DEAD

AFTER BEING ACCIDENTALLY SHOT WITH HER OWN GUN

HEARTBREAK IN HAYDEN, MAKING HEADLINES WORLDWIDE –

NOW, SPARKING DEBATE ABOUT GUN SAFETY.

GOOD EVENING I’M MELISSA LUCK, IN TONIGHT FOR NADINE

WOODWARD.

29 YEAR OLD VERONICA RUTLEDGE WAS SHOT AND KILLED

INSIDE THE HAYDEN WAL-MART YESTERDAY – THE TRIGGER

PULLED ACCIDENTALLY BY HER TWO YEAR OLD SON.

KXLY’S GRACE DITZLER IS WORKING FOR YOU ON THIS TROUBLING

STORY TONIGHT.

GRACE, YOU’VE SPOKEN WITH VERONICA’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS

TODAY…

THAT’S RIGHT MELISSA,

I’VE SPOKEN TO VERONICA’S FATHER-IN-LAW, AND A COWORKER.

BOTH TELL ME SHE WAS WAS A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER,

AND HER DEATH WAS NOT CAUSED BY HER BEING IRRESPONSIBLE

WITH HER GUN.

THIS IS VERONICA RUTLEDGE.

SHE WAS A MOTHER, A WIFE, A CHEMICAL ENGINEER, AND

AN OUTDOORSWOMAN.

BUT YESTERDAY, AT AGE 29, HER LIFE WAS TRAGICALLY

CUT SHORT INSIDE THIS HAYDEN WALMART.

HER 2 YEAR OLD SON GOT INTO HER PURSE, FOUND HER GUN,

AND FIRED A SINGLE, FATAL SHOT.

IT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF VERONICA’S THREE YOUNG NIECES,

AND OTHER SHOPPERS AND STORE EMPLOYEES.

BOTH VERONICA’S FATHER IN LAW AND FORMER COWORKERTELL

ME SHE WAS A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER.

SHE HAD A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT, AND HAD TAKEN

MULTIPLE COURSES IN GUN SAFETY.

5;18

she knew what she was doing, she was raised around

guns, she had taken classes on gun safety, it wasnt

like it was just thrown in her purse, 17W8 24

EVEN HER PURSE WAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO CARRY

A CONCEALED WEAPON.

THAT PURSE WAS [REPORTEDLY] A CHRISTMAS

PRESENT FROM HER HUSBAND COLT.

6;58;47 ROBIN

guns in purses are a last resort in my mind, W9 22

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