North Carolina mom of five, 25, is killed after one of her OWN children found a loaded gun in her purse and accidentally shot her as three of her other kids watched on
- Gabriel Alexis Henderson, 25, was shot dead on Monday night in Cornelius, NC
- She was found her dead in backroom of her apartment and one of her children, the youngest, had also been ‘inadvertently’ shot, police said
- Four of her five kids had been inside the room when the gun went off, police said
- Police say they found a loaded handgun in her purse and accidentally shot her
- The injured child was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries
A North Carolina mother is dead after one of her children found a loaded gun in her purse and accidentally shot her, police said.
Gabriel Alexis Henderson, 25, was at home with her five children when she was shot dead at around 6:55pm in Cornelius on Monday night.
Police raced to the scene to reports of shots fired and arrived to find Henderson dead in a backroom of her apartment, with a small semi-automatic handgun on the bed next to her.
Her youngest child had also been ‘inadvertently’ shot but was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Gabriel Alexis Henderson, 25, was at home with her five children in Cornelius when she was shot dead at around 6:55pm on Monday night
Only Henderson and her five children were inside the apartment (complex above) when she was fatally shot, detective determined
According to detectives, the only people inside the apartment at the time of the shooting were Henderson and her five children.
Four of the juveniles had been in the room at the time the gun went off, while the fifth, Henderson’s eldest, was in the living room away from the others.
Police believe the children found the semi-automatic handgun in Henderson’s purse and the gun went off.
It’s currently unclear what caused the gun to fire, but Henderson’s youngest child was also ‘inadvertently’ shot.
None of the children’s names or ages have been released by police.
The youngest was taken to Charlotte’s Atrium Main Medical Center and is expected to recover from their injuries.
Henderson, meanwhile, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe the children found the semi-automatic handgun in Henderson’s purse and the gun went off
A GoFundMe campaign has been created in Henderson’s honor to raise money for funeral costs and financial support for her children
Speaking to WSCOTV, Neighbors described Henderson as a loving mother who will be sorely missed in the local community.
‘She was awesome, she was helpful to everybody. She helped me a lot because I have children so she always looked out for my kids when I needed her when I was working,’ one resident said.
‘She was just really a good mom. She worked really hard to be the best that she could be.’
A GoFundMe campaign has been created in Henderson’s honor to raise money for funeral costs and financial support for her children.
‘On February 15, 2021 Gabby lost her life leaving 5 young kids,’ the campaign says. ‘On behalf of Gabby’s family, her closest friends, and entire family, we appreciate the outpouring love, prayers and support shown over the past days and undoubtedly days to come.’
As of Wednesday, the GoFundMe has raised $2,390 toward its $10,000 goal.