NC woman charged after accidentally shooting self in store

A North Carolina woman was charged after authorities said she accidentally shot herself inside a store while shopping with her 2-year-old son. (WTVD-TV)

A North Carolina woman was charged after authorities said she accidentally shot herself inside a store while shopping with her 2-year-old son. (WTVD-TV)

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A North Carolina woman was charged after authorities said she accidentally shot herself inside a store while shopping with her 2-year-old son.

WTVD-TV reported that Danielle Hayes, of Franklinton, was allegedly at the Staples in Wake Forest around 7 p.m. Thursday when her gun discharged.

Police said Hayes’ toddler son reached inside her purse – where she had her pistol – and it went off when she tried to get his hand away.

Hayes was reportedly shot in her right hand and taken to WakeMed Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Her son was not injured.

Hayes was charged with failure to secure a firearm from a minor. The suspect reportedly has a concealed carry permit.

A witness said Hayes was shopping for school supplies for her kids at the time. The incident caused the store to close on Thursday evening.

Source: WTVD-TV

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