Police have since released a statement regarding the horror incident, which they believed was an “accidental shooting”.
A mother was fatally shot in the chest by her five-year-old son who was carrying a gun, police said.
Michele Cox, 38, died Friday at her parents’ home in Arizona, United States.
According to reports from New York Post, the mother of four was flown to the hospital after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest.
She later died as a result of her injuries.
Casa Grande police released a statement regarding the horror incident, which they believed was an “accidental shooting”.
Michele’s four children, ages 4 to 12, and her 40-year-old boyfriend were all home at the time.
Neither of them were injured in the incident, the authorities said.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered Michele Cox, 38, from Casa Grande, who suffered from a single gunshot wound in the chest,” the statement said.
“MS. Cox was flown to a Chandler hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The statement went on to say that Michele died of her injuries in the hospital. Her next of kin had been informed of her death.
A Page set up for Michele The American site gunmemorial.org hosted two pictures of Michele’s mother and a tribute from a former colleague.
It read: “Such a humorous person we worked with years ago, so very sad.”
The police currently believe that Michele died from an “accidental shooting”.
“Although this is an ongoing investigation, investigators have found that the victim’s five-year-old son was responsible for the shooting,” police said.
“This is a clear reminder that owning and protecting a firearm is a serious responsibility and should be a priority in any home or business, especially when children are around.”
There was a handgun on the house.
The CGPD worked closely with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to determine if a crime had actually taken place.
Just last month, the Mirror reported the death of a three-year-old girl who was accidentally shot and killed by a five-year-old boy in her US home.
The boy was accidentally killed by the boy who came from the same “household” in Bena, Minnesota, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said.
The gun was fired by a five-year-old boy whose relationship with the little girl is not yet known.
She was rushed to Deer River Hospital by family members, but intercepted en route by the Deer River Ambulance and medics immediately began life-saving efforts.
The little girl was pronounced dead in the hospital and an autopsy is pending at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to state law, children under the age of 14 are “incapable of committing crimes”, so the boy cannot be charged in the shooting.
Data from Gun Violence Archives shows that at least 196 children, ages 11 and under, died from gun-related incidents in 2021.
According to Everytown, there were also an estimated 239 “accidental shootings” by children.