A mother of 5 children shot dead after the children found a gun in her bag

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Police said a North Carolina mother was killed “inadvertently” when her children found a gun in her bag.

Cornelius Police said the mother, 25-year-old Gabriel Alexis Henderson, was alone in her apartment in Cornelius with her five children at the time of the shooting.

Police said investigators believed the children had found a small, semi-automatic pistol in Henderson’s purse.

Police said that four of the children were in the room at the time of the shooting, while the fifth – the oldest – was in another room.

Police said that the younger child was shot “unintentionally” and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

Police have not released the children’s ages or names.

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