Charges won't be filed in Raleigh gun show shooting
Posted January 22, 2013
Updated January 23, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County's top prosecutor will not file charges in a weekend shooting at a Raleigh gun show that injured three people.
District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Tuesday that he found no violation of law in what authorities said was an accidental shooting at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at North Carolina's state fairgrounds on Saturday.
Investigators said Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, brought a 12-gauge shotgun to the event to sell but that it went off when Wilson removed it from its case at a security checkpoint around 1 p.m.
Three people who were hit by shotgun pellets were treated and released from a local hospital the same day.
The shooting prompted event organizers to close for the rest of the day, but it reopened Sunday without private gun sales.
The Dixie Gun and Knife Show has been held at the fairgrounds for more than 30 years and has had an excellent track record for safety, state fairground police said Saturday.
"If we thought that it was a problem or a hazard or was dangerous, we would not have this show," state fairground Police Chief Joel Keith said.