Patrice Price was driving down Highway 175 in Milwaukee County when her two-year-old son found a gun and fired it. A bullet hit the 26-year-old mother in the back and she died on the scene.

According to WISN, Price was driving the car that belonged to her boyfriend, who is a security guard. The toddler reportedly found the owner’s gun belt under the driver’s seat and fired it. 

“Initial witness accounts indicate that a child in the backseat of the vehicle got a hold of a gun and discharged the firearm, sending a single bullet into the driver’s back,” the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The MCSO investigation into the death is ongoing.”

According to Price’s mother, who was in the front passenger seat, she was aware the gun was in the car but wasn’t worried because she believed the safety to be on.

“This little girl right here meant everything in the world to me,” said Andre Price, Patrice’s father. “And I lost the other half of my heart.”

“Now I don’t have her no more. My chest has been hurting,” he continues. “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.”

It still isn’t clear if Price’s boyfriend can be charged with negligence, but he is yet to have been charged or arrested.

Price’s three children are currently with family.

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