A 3-year-old child shot and killed his mother, South Carolina authorities said.
According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the home Wednesday after a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the victim, Cora Lynn Bush, a toddler and their grandmother.
Authorities said the grandmother described what happened, which was corroborated by evidence and the victim’s injuries.
“While our investigation is ongoing, all indications are that this incident was the result of a child having access to an unsecured firearm,” the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
It is not yet clear whether anyone will face charges for improperly storing the weapon.
Newtown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group dedicated to preventing gun violence, tracks the number of accidental shootings involving children.
As of Sept. 23, the group said there have been at least 194 accidental shootings by children in the U.S. this year. It is reported that 82 people died and 123 were injured as a result of the shooting.
The phenomenon is not new. In 2021, the group said it recorded nearly 400 accidental shootings by children, resulting in 163 deaths.