*A mother driving her two young children on a Milaukee freeway is dead after her 2-year-old son found his father’s weapon on the floor in the back seat of the car.
On Tuesday, Patrice Price was driving with her one-year-old in the front passenger seat, while her two-year-old sat in the back. According to a report in the New York Daily News, neither child was wearing the required seat belt, and the child seated in the back apparently picked the gun up from the floor and fired it into the drivers seat.
The gun traveled through the seat and hit Price in the back; sending her car into the rear of another vehicle before it came to a stop on Highway 175.
Price was pronounced dead at the scene. No word on the condition of the other driver.
“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 sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Andre Price, father of the dead woman, told FOX6 News that the car his daughter was driving actually belonged to her boyfriend, who works as a security guard.
The distraught parent said, “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.