6-year-old shoots, kills woman in car

EASLEY — Police said a 6-year-old child accidentally shot and killed a woman last week in Easley.

According to Easley Police Department Maj. Tim Tollison, Alexandra Anita Santos, 22, was shot a little before 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Tollison said Santos was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car on Hastings Circle when a 6-year-old boy found a loaded gun on the floor of the backseat area of the car and accidentally fired a shot.

The shot went through the backseat, striking Santos, Tollison said.

According to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley, Santos, of Easley, was pronounced dead at Baptist Easley Hospital from a single gunshot wound to the chest a short time later.

Police said the boy was the son of the driver, who was a friend of Santos.

Tollison said Easley Police were continuing their investigation into how the gun ended up in the floor of the vehicle.