Alexandra Anita Santos was fatally shot on Thursday. (Source: Family)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A woman was accidentally shot and killed by a child in Easley on Thursday afternoon, Maj. Tim Tollison confirmed to FOX Carolina.
Tollison said the victim, 22-year-old Alexandra Anita Santos, was in the passenger seat of a car on Hasting Road when she was shot.
The gunshot came from behind her and went through the seat, according to Tollison.
Tollison said Santos was accidentally shot by a 6-year-old child, who found the gun on the floorboard of the backseat.
The woman was brought to the Baptist Medical Center in Easley where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Coroner Kandy Kelly said Santos died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
FOX Carolina spoke exclusively to the family of Santos. Her mother, Cynthia Yergeau, said the woman who was with Santos called her to tell her the dreaded news. Yergeau said the woman told her, though, that Santos' ex-boyfriend was responsible for her death.
"You give any kind of access to a firearm six-year-old child, somebody needs to be responsible," said Yergeau. "Take responsibility, own up to what your kids did," she said.
Yergeau said she is "angry" such an accusation was leveled against that ex-boyfriend.
Tollison said the investigation is ongoing.
The family is asking for donations for funeral expenses . Collection boxes will be placed at the Cremation Society of South Carolina at 6010 White Horse Road or 328 Dupont Drive in Greenville on April 24, 2014 from 5-7 p.m.
Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:50:38 GMT
Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.More >>
Listeria is listed on the the baby's death certificate as an immediate cause of her death. Her mother, says that while she was pregnant, she ate food that was part of a recent, nation-wide Listeria recall.More >>
A Terrebonne Parish man's homemade trap led to the arrest of his neighbor, police say. The incident happened on Bull Run Road in Schriever. The resident said that his shed had been burglarized while heMore >>
A Terrebonne Parish man's homemade trap led to the arrest of his neighbor, police say.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:55:07 GMT
The girlfriend of a Louisiana physician has pleaded guilty to five counts of prescription forgery. Pattie Carr will be sentenced August 4th. Prosecutors say Carr had her live-in boyfriend write fraudulentMore >>
Prosecutors say Carr had her live-in boyfriend write fraudulent prescriptions for more than 13,000 pills including Hydrocodone and Lyrica.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:38:57 GMT
A home at 3937 Parkway Avenue in Jackson went up in flames just after 2 on Tuesday morning. Jackson Fire officials and police responded to the scene. Many family members and neighbors stood in astonishmentMore >>
Many family members and neighbors stood in astonishment outside of the home as firefighters worked to get the smoke out.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:26:13 GMT
There is new information in the fatal shooting of a Scott County man this weekend. The victim, Bradley Paul Harrison, is the brother-in-law of State Representative Tim Miles. Scott County Sheriff MikeMore >>
There is new information in the weekend fatal shooting of a Scott County man. The victim, Bradley Paul Harrison, is the brother-in-law of State Representative Tim Miles.