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Sheriff: Woman accidentally shot in head outside Raleigh gun show

Posted November 19, 2016

— A woman was accidentally shot in the head on Saturday outside a gun show in Raleigh, according to authorities.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said three people were inside a pickup truck around 10:15 a.m. outside the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds when the shooting happened. The driver, identified as 30-year-old William Daniel Glosson, of Cameron, had just bought two guns from the show.

Glosson, who has a concealed-carry permit, handed one of the unloaded guns to Lasonya Judd, who was sitting in the back seat, and he also handed her a loaded gun he already had in the truck. As Judd was looking at the guns, she accidentally fired one, and the bullet struck Alyssa Lewis Glosson, 29, in the back of the head while she was sitting in the truck's passenger seat.

"He handed it to the lady in the backseat. He says, look at this, and somehow or another when she grabbed it, the gun went off, discharged," Harrison said. "It looked like it might have hit the seat rest, so that could have stopped some of the impact."

Alyssa Glosson, who is married to William Glosson, was talking with emergency personnel when she was put in the ambulance to be taken to WakeMed. Authorities said the bullet hit the seat before striking Alyssa Glosson.

In a 911 call, the William Glosson said the gun went off accidently and "grazed" his wife's head. He said she had a headache and neck pain, but he described her as conscious and breathing.

The shooting on Saturday is the second accidental shooting at the same gun show in the last three years. In 2013, a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner removed it from its case at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the show, according to previous reports.

Two people were shot in the incident—one in the hand and the other in the right torso.

Harrison said hopefully a lesson can come from the incident.

"Don't be handling a loaded firearm unless you know what you're doing," he said.

The shooting closed the show for a day, but it was reopened the next. Glosson was treated and released.


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  • Mark Cline Nov 20, 2016
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    I've been teaching firearms safety and Concealed Handgun Permit Classes for about 10 years, now. I'm not aware of a law that would allow the rescinding, or revoking of his permit. After all, he didn't even pull the trigger.

    Don't rush to judgement, here. We don't have enough facts to decide. The information we have indicates his error was to hand a loaded gun to another person. That person pulled the trigger. Was that an intentional act, or unintentional?

    The bullet striking the woman may have been an accident. But, the act that loosed the bullet was not.

    Either way, he didn't do that. Or, at least, that's the information we have. We don't even know what the make and model of the gun is.

    We don't know what the firearms experience level is for any of the individuals involved.

  • Ronan Cates Nov 20, 2016
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    Well I hope they rescind his right to have a concealed weapon. He has proved he is not capable of handling one.

  • Larry Wiandt Nov 20, 2016
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    Yes guns only go off when the trigger is pulled. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to fire it.

  • Larry Wiandt Nov 20, 2016
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    The same can be said for alcohol and drunk drivers and yet no one calls for the ban of alcohol.

  • Susan Olvera Nov 20, 2016
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    He needs to lose his concealed carry license, IMO. And be requires to complete a course in gun safety. Perhaps the requirements for a CC need to be more stringent. Several years ago a Wake Forest woman who'd just received her CC ended up shot in the hand after her preschooler took the gun out of her purse while they were shopping in Home Depot. The woman grabbed the muzzle as soon as she saw it to remove it and was shot.

  • Mark Cline Nov 19, 2016
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    When I worked in a local gun shop, one of the guys asked me to demonstrate field stripping a Glock. I had seen him take one from the counter and show it to the customer. When I approached, he handed me the gun.

    Fortunately, I checked it and found it was loaded! He had handed me the one from his hip!

    Two people committed classic mistakes in this case. One passed an unloaded gun, and a loaded gun, to another person for comparison. The receiver failed to check the guns.

    Simple rules of gun safety require practice, discipline, unerring attention and concentration. The rules are simple. The practice is not.

    Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until absolutely ready to fire.

    There are no accidents! Sheriff Harrison should know that. I saw another report on this where Sheriff Harrison was quoted that "somehow or another when she grabbed it, the gun just went off!" These guns don't just "go off!"

  • James Daniels Nov 19, 2016
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    How about a simple rule for people not familiar with firearms? Unload the firearm before handing it to them. Make sure you clear the weapon before giving it to an inexperienced person. I have several weapons but I have never had one to discharge "accidentally." I was taught firearm safety by my father who was in the military.

  • Elizabeth Hawkins Nov 19, 2016
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    And another thing, I will not surrender my Second Amendment Rights just because someone else is so stupid and doesn't go to the trouble to know what they are doing.

  • Elizabeth Hawkins Nov 19, 2016
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    First of all guns are not the problem. It is people who put them in their hands or others who do not properly know what to do with them. I was at this gun show from 9:30 to 2:30. I did not hear a word about this incident until I got home. Now, I am a female and I have many guns. I have spent hours and a lot of money to become properly trained and acquainted with my firearms. I have conceal carry and I am not afraid to use it if I am attacked. One of the first things we things one should be taught is to never ever point your muzzle at something you are not prepared to take out. The other is never put your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to press and send that bullet out the end. There are many other guns rules that everyone who puts this instrument and yes it is only the instrument into your hands. I daresay this shooting today was due to lack of knowledge in the proper procedures of handling a gun and perhaps the man who owned them should revisit the rules .

  • Mark Cline Nov 19, 2016
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    A classic mistake. He handed her two guns, one was loaded. Never, ever, do that! The only time you ever hand someone a loaded gun is when you intend for them to fire it, immediately.