New York mother-of-three dies after handgun that husband was cleaning accidentally discharges
35-year-old Ashley Rosenbrock was fatally shot inside her home in Corinth after her husband's handgun discharged when he was cleaning it
Police reports state that an upstate New York woman was killed in a gun-related accident when a gun her husband was cleaning suddenly discharged. The 34-year-old, identified as Ashley Rosenbrock, was shot on Thursday, November 15, at her home in Corinth and rushed to the Saratoga Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to New York Times, husband Eric Rosenbrock, a middle school science teacher in the Lake George Central School District, was "performing maintenance" on his legally-owned handgun when it discharged and the bullet struck his wife. After Ashley's death, an autopsy was conducted on her body which confirmed Eric's story that the gun had been accidentally fired, although the investigation continues.
Speaking on the incident, Maj. Robert E. Patnaude of the New York State Police said in a statement, "The results of the autopsy are consistent with the information and evidence that has been discovered to this point in the investigation."
Neighbors said that state troopers swarmed the couple's home soon after the gun went off and that Eric appeared "distraught" as he was being led into a car after the shooting. Rita Mosher, one of the neighbors, said, "He looked like he was shaken very bad. I can’t imagine what he’s going through. He’s got to feel horrible. I’m more worried about the children."
It was also reported that Ashley and Eric had been constructing an addition to their home so that their three young children — two girls and a boy — could each have their own bedroom. While Eric taught at the school, the mom sold purses and children's accessories from their home.
The school district paid condolences in a statement that read, "A sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on family, friends, colleagues, parents, and students. It is important that we recognize this loss and support each other through this time. Our grief is great and our hearts and support go out to Mr. Rosenbrock’s family."
Ashley leaves behind three young children she shared with Eric, while the couple is also said to have tragically lost an 18-month-old daughter, Vivienne to an infection five years ago. Following the infant's death, the couple had even set up a Facebook page to organize fundraisers and charity runs.
The Post Star reported that a celebration of the 35-year-old's life will be held at 9 am on Wednesday, November 21, at the First United Methodist Church on 243 Main St., Corinth. The arrangements have been made under the direction of Densmore Funeral Home. The investigation into the incident is currently ongoing, but no charges are expected to be filed against Eric.