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No charges against woman after shooting self in Wake Forest store

Posted August 22, 2013
Updated August 23, 2013

— A woman accidentally discharged her gun and shot herself in the hand Thursday night inside the Staples store in Wake Forest.

The shooting was reported just after 7 p.m., and the woman was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment.

Kelli Hamilton showed the gun she has a concealed-carry permit for Gun owner: This shouldn't happen

Police said Wake County prosecutors decided Friday afternoon not to charge the woman, identified as Danielle Hayes, 29, of 2094 Creekside Drive in Franklinton, in the case.

Earlier in the day, police were looking at charging Hayes with with misdemeanor child abuse and failure to secure a firearm from a minor. Her 2-year-old son was with her in the store, police said.

The boy wasn't hurt in the shooting, nor was anyone in else in the store.

Another shopper, Kelli Hamilton, said that as a gun owner, she is surprised an accident like that could happen.  

"I got my concealed-carry license," she said. "I took the class in March and didn't receive it until July. They do a very thorough background check. You're supposed to go to class, and if you pay attention in that class, things like this shouldn't be happening."

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  • fishon Aug 26, 11:31 a.m.

    What was this woman thinking? Not everyone needs to carry a gun and there is no way I would have a weapon around my two year old.
    foster208

    Maybe she saw this story...
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/us/georgia-baby-killed

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 7:03 p.m.

    IN JOHNSTON COUTY YOU ARE NOT ALLOW TO HAVE A WEAPON ON YOU WHEN YOU GO IN A BAR. THEY SEARCH YOU HERE, PLUS THEY HAVE SIGNS UP NO WEAPONS ALLOWED
    timmystrickland4022

    Yeah, the law changes on Oct 1. After that CC holders can legally carry in bars (though they still can't drink).

    If there's a sign posted then they can't carry anywhere with a sign regardless of being a bar or not though.

  • buster102007 Aug 23, 6:55 p.m.

    It is very possible that the weapon was in her purse or somewhere similar and she somehow hooked the trigger or hammer hard enough to discharge it. Oops.
    Click to view my profileTeacher-Scientist

    For some reason wral will not report the whole story. Her child reached into her purse and when she reached in to remove the childs hand the handgun fired.

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 6:55 p.m.

    It is very possible that the weapon was in her purse or somewhere similar and she somehow hooked the trigger or hammer hard enough to discharge it. Oops.
    Click to view my profileTeacher-Scientist

    that's only possible if it was not stored correctly.

    Any conceal carry gun, properly stored, it should be physically IMPOSSIBLE to operate the trigger unless done so intentionally... because there should be some sort of trigger guard when stored concealed.

  • timmystrickland4022 Aug 23, 6:55 p.m.

    August 23, 2013 5:55 p.m.

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    Isn't it great guns are legal in bars now? -sincenomine

    IN JOHNSTON COUTY YOU ARE NOT ALLOW TO HAVE A WEAPON ON YOU WHEN YOU GO IN A BAR. THEY SEARCH YOU HERE, PLUS THEY HAVE SIGNS UP NO WEAPONS ALLOWED

  • Teacher-Scientist Aug 23, 6:51 p.m.

    It is very possible that the weapon was in her purse or somewhere similar and she somehow hooked the trigger or hammer hard enough to discharge it. Oops.

  • junkmail5 Aug 23, 6:24 p.m.

    This is one aspect of the law I would not have changed. Not sure what the impact might be. -whatelseisnew

    Literally none at all.

    You can tell because dozens of other states have had this law on the books for years and decades without any problems.

    If you're gonna break FELONY LAW by SHOOTING SOMEONE inside a bar you wouldn't be stopped by a misdemeanor saying you can't carry the gun there.

  • corey3rd2 Aug 23, 6:07 p.m.

    Remember that this woman was a responsible gun owner until the moment her gun discharged. Now she's one of those people.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 23, 5:59 p.m.

    "Isn't it great guns are legal in bars now?"

    This is one aspect of the law I would not have changed. Not sure what the impact might be. The prior ban just caused the shootings to happen in the parking lots instead of inside. That actually might be marginally better.

  • redapace Aug 23, 5:55 p.m.

    "It would certainly be a shame if she were to get brutally beaten or murdered because she now has know way to defend her self..."

    At Staples? She's more likely to get shot by another woman that negligently fires a weapon in the store.

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