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Charlotte girl shot, wounded at skating rink

Posted December 13, 2009

— Authorities in Charlotte are investigating after a 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg by a stray bullet at a roller skating rink.

Capt. Michelle Hummel said officers were called to the Starlight Roller Rink after two men got into an argument just after 5 p.m. Saturday. One man pulled out a gun, which went off.

The girl was shot once in the right leg just above the knee by the bullet. She was in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center. Hummel said the girl didn't know either of the men.

Police arrested 21-year-old Todd Houston Saturday evening in connection with the shooting. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and simple assault. 

Houston was being held Sunday in the Mecklenburg County jail under a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.


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  • daMoFo Dec 14, 2009

    It should be against for felons to have guns. If we simply passed a law making it illegal for felons to have guns, they would stop carrying them.

  • wildcat Dec 14, 2009

    Our children are not safe any where as long as there are criminals. This young man should never had the loaded gun in the first place. May he now face his consequences. I sure hope the young girl will be OK.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Dec 14, 2009

    guns just don't "go off"

  • rargos Dec 14, 2009

    Convicted felon in possession of a firearm : isn't that what Eve Carson's killers were arrested for and then released on probation before kidnapping and murdering her?

    What good are gun laws if we don't enforce them?

  • timothycapwell Dec 14, 2009

    Before I read the article, I just assumed this happened at Eastland Mall.

  • fishon Dec 14, 2009

    Congratulations Todd! you made

  • 19tarheel75 Dec 14, 2009

    A felon with a firearm.......'who would have thunk it'. It's time this type of crime was punished to the "fullest extent of the law". Put him under the jail before he kills someone. It's only a matter of time.........