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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

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says witness accounts indicate a child in the back seat of a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 175 on Tuesday morning, April 26th, got hold of a gun and discharged the firearm. That sent a single bullet into the driver's back.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene around 10:30 a.m. They found a 26-year-old woman had suffered a gunshot wound. She was did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

Deputies began CPR until the Milwaukee Fire Department arrived on the scene. However, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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WIS 175 at W. Vliet Street

Kourtney Blevins

Kourtney Blevins

"People were panicking and you could tell people were generally trying to help," said Kourtney Blevins. "They pulled a, looks like a young lady out, and they started to resuscitate her on the ground. I heard something about a shooting, and a gun went off. I know there’s some little boys down there which they put in a police car. It was two little boys it looked like, so some kids were involved unfortunately. I just kind of stayed back and prayed about it."

WIS 175 at W. Vliet Street

You may recall -- an incident similar to this occurred in March in Florida.

Jamie Gilt, known for a strong pro-gun stance, was shot accidentally by her 4-year-old son, authorities in Florida say.

Jamie Gilt, known for a strong pro-gun stance, was shot accidentally by her 4-year-old son, authorities in Florida say.

Jamie Gilt, a Florida pro-gun activist was accidentally shot and wounded by her four-year-old son, who shot her from the back seat of a car while Gilt was sitting in the driver's seat.

Authorities said the firearm was legally owned by Gilt, who maintained a Facebook page entitled "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," where she regularly posted pro-gun positions.

It happened on March 9th in Putnam County, Florida.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office later filed an affidavit with local prosecutors asking that Gilt be charged with the second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail.

Florida law makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave a loaded firearm in such a way that a child could gain access to it.

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    • RJS

      Perhaps, but the real question is “Would not having an unsecured gun in the car have prevented this?”

  • Kayla

    You know, I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but what can get frustrating is the same people who will argue against regulating guns- because bad people will still have them and the black market will get dangerous (which I agree with) don’t see the same thing when it comes to other things, like drugs for example. Making them illegal has fueled millions of dollars in criminal empires. I think both sides go to extremes like you said, there’s a middle ground somewhere where we can regulate things to make them as safe as possible without saying you can have unlimited access or no access at all.

  • imcrazy

    What I think would be a compromise in the gun control problem would be to start by getting the guns out of the hands of criminals. When they get those guns off of the streets and if the statistics don’t improve then worry about the guns held by legal gun holders.

  • DR

    Im thinking the mother didn’t know it was back there. Maybe someone else was in the car, like a boyfriend or someone, and they put it back there maybe under the driver or passenger seat and forgot about it. The kid saw it and not being taught well about guns, shot it. This is the only way I can make sense of this. She probably loads the kids in the backseat all the time and the gun was never there on those occasions. I hope they find out where this gun came from who it belongs to and hold them to justice.

    • Malai

      This is exactly what I was thinking. No responsible mother would knowingly allow her child to be within arms reach of a gun. I also thought that maybe someone had forgotten that it was there or maybe she was using someone else’s car to run errands and had no knowledge of the gun. There are so many questions within this tragedy.

      • DR

        Its looking more like this is the case. The boyfriend had a security belt and the gun up under the driver and passenger seats.

    • Kae

      But the article mentions a responsible pro-gun advocate in Florida who was shot by her four year old. I’m confident that mom talked about guns with her child all the time. Unfortunately, it is a perfectly reasonable scenario to believe she knew the gun was in the car.

  • dharv2014

    Wow, that was a really strenuous and ridiculous attempt to divert any possible discussion of the consequences of irresponsible gun ownership into the usual Why Libberuls R Bad nonsense of Fox News. The point of tightening gun regulation, in any case, is to lessen the chances of irresponsible gun usage…and incidents like this one, which happen increasingly often due to the NRA and GOP’s “all guns, all the time” rhetoric. Oh, but liberlz r bad!! That sentiment cancels out all other thought, doesn’t it!!

  • RJS

    How do you know the driver was aware there was a gun in the car? It could have been put under the driver’s seat by her husband.

    Yes, there’s so many questions to ask, so don’t make silly assumptions.

  • charlie

    It’s so easy to tell the political persuasion of the writer….dedicating half the article to the jamie gilt incident with full name, dates and location, while keeping this incident totally anonymous………

    • Michael Smith

      The anonymity has nothing to do with the political persuasion of the writer, and everything to do with the fact that the victim’s name had yet to be released. All available facts were included in the article.

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