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.