Mom, 33, accidentally killed by her three-year-old child after toddler found gun in family home.
Cora Lyn Bush, 33, was pronounced dead at a South Carolina hospital after the horror shooting on Wednesday, the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office said.
Lt. Kevin Bobo, with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies were called to the home about 7:45 a.m. on South Pine Street about a shooting.
Bobo said when they arrived, they found Cora Lyn Bush along with the child and her maternal grandmother.
He said the grandmother’s account of the shooting corroborated with evidence and the injury to Bush.
Bobo said the accidental shooting was a “result of the young child gaining access to an unsecured firearm.”
An investigation into how the child got their hands on the weapon and why it wasn’t secure is underway.
Meanwhile, According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group working to prevent gun violence, almost 200 children have unintentionally fired a gun they found this year… This reportedly resulted in more than 80 deaths.
“To better understand these shootings – and how they can be prevented – Everytown collects information from media reports about incidents in which a child under 18 unintentionally shoots themself or someone else,” the organization’s website said.
“Details about each incident include ages of both shooters and victims, date, location, type of firearm and other information.”
Data collected in years prior showed that numbers were twice as high, with between 305 and 392 unintentional shootings by children every year since 2015.
The highest number of incidents was recorded in 2021, according to the group.
The child and the grandmother who were inside the home at the time of Wednesday’s shooting have not been identified.