Two-year-old fatally shot his mother in the back on Highway 175: “Everyone’s heart is broken”

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MILWAUKEE — Relatives say a young mother was fatally shot in the back by her two-year-old son as she drove on southbound Highway 175 in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 26th.

Antonio Price said investigators told him his sister, 26-year-old Patrice Price, was driving with her two sons, ages one and two, on Tuesday when she was shot. Antonio Price said investigators told him the older boy fired the gun.

Child gets hold of gun in car, shoots and kills woman driving vehicle on Highway 175

Child gets hold of gun in car, shoots and kills woman driving vehicle on Highway 175

The woman's father, Andre Price, said his daughter was driving her boyfriend's car when she was shot.

According to witness accounts, Patrice Price’s two-year old child retrieved a firearm that slid out from under the driver’s seat and shot through the seat, striking Price. Price's mother and Price's one-year-old child were in the front passenger seat. The children were not in car seats.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, deputies found a security officer’s gun belt, belonging to Patrice Price's boyfriend, on the floor of the front passenger seat.  The 40-caliber firearm was found on the floor of the back seat behind the driver’s seat.

WIS 175 at W. Vliet Street

Asia Nelson told FOX6 News Patrice Price was her best friend.

"Patrice was one-of-a-kind! She was loving, caring and kindhearted. She always had positive things to say no matter what she was going through," Nelson wrote FOX6.

A neighbor of the Price family told FOX6 this tragedy is compounded by the fact that the young mother was shot and killed by her own son.

"All I can tell them to do is just pray. Just know that we are all out here in support. We are all here in support," Samantha Cloyd said.

Patrice Price

Patrice Price

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the entire city was shocked by this incident.

"Any time you have a two or three-year-old with a gun and something like this happens, I think everyone`s heart is broken," Barrett said.

Price's loved ones gathered for a vigil in her honor on Wednesday evening.

Vigil for Patrice Price

Vigil for Patrice Price

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

41 comments

  • Crystal

    Question where did he get a gun from? Why wasn’t it locked somewhere. They must have not been sitting.

  • Reagan 84

    Good question. Where was the gun that the 2yo was able to grab it “providing they were in secured car seats?” Who is this boyfriend and what is he doing leaving a gun in the car? Is he a felon with a prior record? CCW? Did the mom or grandma see the gun prior to putting the kids in the backseat? Such a tragic story,that could of been prevented. I’m sure the Libtards will blame the gun itself for this and NOT the carelessness of the gun owner.

  • Michael Neils

    All good questions. I hope we are kept posted. I was also wondering the heft and ability to pull the trigger. As you said it depends on the gun. Some actually have a slide to work 1st before you pull the trigger. I think that whoever left the gun there should be charged. At the least it could have been stolen from the car and at the worst-which happened-a baby child got a hold of it and killed someone. Trigger locks, locking cases, and not leaving guns lay about. Easy peasy.

  • Milo

    1. It could have been prevented if the kid was in a car seat. 2. what the hell is the one year old doing in a front seat? 3. Why the hell was a gun from a security officer not secured in a proper setting. ( MULTIPLE WAYS THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED)

  • squirrel 327

    Culture? her BF was a security guard and left his gun in his car that she was using, yes the kid should have been properly restrained. Did you even read the article before commenting?

    • Janice

      I was going to say the same thing. It’s obvious they didn’t read the article. It says the gun slid out from under the seat. Nobody at fault although the kids should have been in car seats. Horrible tragedy.

  • J227

    A lot of good points being made here. It is a tragic event which was very preventable. DA will have to see if Wisconsin statute 948.55 (3), “Leaving or storing a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a child” applies. Unfortunately there probably is enough wiggle room to go either way. Of course liberals will blame the gun and try to use this tragedy to fan the flame of their efforts to crush the 2nd amendment. That’s how they campaign. Never waste a crisis (Hillary Clinton).

  • Klaatu

    So many actions were wrong here. This did not have to happen and it wasn’t an accident, it was a result of carelessness and failure to follow proper procedures. Prayers for the family members during this difficult time.

  • Bluesmama

    Sounds very fishy to me. Must have been a strong two year old. Why was the holster in the front and gun in the back. Let’s wait and see what the finger prints show. Lot’s of things wrong in that car. No child seats.

    • maniac

      I think someone else shot her and left the babys for the blame 40 is heavy the average grown man needs two hands come on people

      • Michael Neils

        Not a gun expert so I am asking-hoping not to be deleted again. . . is this a gun you need to work the slide 1st before you pull the trigger? Thanks!

      • Jenn

        I agree 100% I have a .40 glock , the thing is no joke. I struggled for a while with if , most adults have a heard time with anything more then a 9mm. I can pretty much say it’s impossible for someone that young to pull that trigger.

  • Will

    She wasn’t “caring”! If she was caring. she would have had her two children in car seats as the law requires of her!!! Along with not being caring, she was stupid, as well!!! When will people like her ever learn???

    • wilson

      Will, they will learn when they are dead I guess. Imagine what she must have thought when the bullet pierced her body??? So sad. Kids in vehicle not properly restrained in car seats and driving on the freeway. Wow that is pretty stupid. And then all of her family members talking about what a great mom she was. Sorry that is just wrong. A good mother would follow the law and place her children in car seats as the law requires.

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  • Abigail Thornton

    The mother’s car, along with her kids car seats were stolen several days before the accident. She borrowed her boy friend’s car, who is a security office. The gun was in a holster under the passenger seat and slid to the floor of the back seat.

  • JHunter

    I have since learned that Mom’s car was stolen along with the carseats “several days” before the accident.. IF it were Me.. the very next day I’d be at the nearest CPC or or “birthright” or whatever was in my area.. they will GIVE you carseats.. for free! I know this from experience. She still had no excuse to drive around without them for “several days” .. OR.. she should have left the kids at home with grandma….

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