Skip to comments.3 injured after shotgun accidentally fires at N.C. gun show
Posted on 01/19/2013 4:18:57 PM PST by Theoria
A 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot accidentally discharged Saturday when the owner opened its case at a gun show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, injuring a retired sheriff's deputy and two other people, police said.
The gun owner, a 36-year-old man from Wilmington, North Carolina, was carrying the weapon through security at the show entrance and was unfastening the case on a table, authorities said. The owner planned to sell the shotgun at the show.
The deputy suffered a slight injury to his hand and was treated and released at a local hospital, said Joel Keith, chief of police of the North Carolina State Fair.
A 54-year-old woman from Benson, North Carolina, was being treated a wound to her right torso at a local hospital, and a 50-year-old man from Durham, North Carolina, was treated for an injured left hand, Keith told reporters.
"I want to emphasize that this is an accident," Keith said.
Wake County sheriff's investigators and the local prosecutor will determine whether to file charges against the shotgun owner, authorities said.
Detectives began interviewing the owner shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, authorities said.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he was unsure whether it was legal to bring a loaded gun on state fairgrounds.
However, when the state fair is held in October, it is illegal to bring a loaded gun to the fairground because of the large crowds, authorities said.
Investigators will consult with the Wake County district attorney's office about Saturday's incident, the sheriff said.
"This is state property. That's something we're looking into," Harrison told reporters. "It's early right now."
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Terrible. It should have never happened, but accidents do happen. Ever been to the emergency room to get your hand or finger stiched up after you cut yourself with a kitchen knife?
My question ... why was the shotgun loaded?
Great! More ammunition to stop gun shows.
Accidents happen. Negligence is violation of rule 1.
Is this the second one today? Things are looking a bit suspicious!
RALEIGH, N.C. At least two people were injured Saturday afternoon in an apparent accidental shooting at the gun show being held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m., and two people were loaded into ambulances.
A witness told WRAL that a gun went off after being checked by an official at a safety check-in location, hitting a man in the hand and a woman in the side.
Valid question. As I noted, it should have never happened. You don’t bring a gun to a show that hasn’t been thoroughly saftey checked!
Two in one day? Something smells here.
No, I think they are the same event. I didn’t see the earlier posting. Everything is under a microscope these days anyway.
Already posted. But, according to this article, it was the Police Officer that accidentally discharged the bullet.
Too bad you can’t be arrested for being stupid.
Yes, backwoods-engineer started the thread. He said he has a source verifying it was a LEO.
“Some stupid cop puts his booger hook on the bang switch when he’s unloading a pistol. Yes, it was a cop; I have a source who was 50 ft away when it happened. WHY would somebody bring a loaded pistol into a gun show anyway? Why not unload in your car, or at least before getting in line? Why hand a LOADED pistol to a COP, who are well known for not following the 4 rules?”
A 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot accidentally discharged Saturday when the owner opened its case
A shotgun is an object. It does not do anything “accidentally.”
Someone screwed up.
LOL. Settle down there, Skippy.
Well, we should ban all police officers then. You know they carry semi automatic weapons and have access to clips that hold many bullets. And many of those bullets are made of lead which could harm children, should they come into contact, God (can I still say that with out offending some person?) forbid.(sarc).
While this should not happen, the bigger question is IS THIS NATIONAL NEWS WORTHY? 3 very minor injuries.. now I wonder how much damage thugs did in Chicago today, both with and without guns.
Because there aren’t enough jail cells for all the Zero voters.
Skippy? Haven’t been called that in over 60 years. LOL!
"See?", these idiots will bellow. "See? Private sales at a gun show are UNSAFE! You gun nuts are a PUBLIC THREAT!"
Just what we needed on Gun Appreciation Day.
Good point. Of course the answer is that there is an agenda to advance.
I was going to go to that very show today with my 11 year old son. Instead, opted to go tomorrow (to stock up on .45ACP HP’s with my favorite ammo vendor who frequents this show.....damned good gun show, by the way).
No charges should be filed, but the moron who failed to clear his shotgun before arrival should be bitch-slapped.
There is no such thing as an accidental discharge.
A negligent discharge is caused by either ignorance or carelessness.
The person can be considered ignorant, if they have not been trained.
They are careless, if they disregard their training.
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
I’m glad us Freepers understand the ridiculousness of how over the top society has become about being PC and oversensitivity to subjects. It’s ridiculous. Being offended seems to be the new fad. Anyway, back to the subject:
All of the new reports are stating that the LEO never touched the shotgun. So, I don’t know what the real story is. It would be good to hear from a witness because the following two portions of the article don’t mesh.
“A man identified as Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, brought the 12-gauge shotgun to the show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and was attempting to remove it from its case when the weapon went off shortly after 1 p.m., police said.”
Then it goes on to say:
“Visitors are supposed to allow security officials to check in weapons, Keith said, but Wilson removed the gun from its case before personnel had a chance to handle it. The shotgun was laying flat on a table when it discharged.
“I want to emphasize that this was an accident,” Keith said. “At the time, no employee, no officer had inspected that gun.”
So, the reporter isn’t giving a clear answer as to what happened.
Not an accident, negligence.
The early report on the story posted earlier was in error. This thread and the other one are stories on the same event in Raleigh.
Not just ‘loaded’; Chambered. Not just ‘chambered’; Safety OFF. 3 rule violations!
Not really.. When you consider the heavy traffic as a result of ‘gun appreciation day’, so far these accidents have been minimal.
Taking a loaded gun to a gun show - what an idiot.
There really are people too lame brained to be trusted with guns.
OK, thanks BWE.
some people are too stupid to own firearms.
An idiot, or perhaps an intentional idiot...?
Didn't go after cutting myself with a kitchen knife, but did make the trip after cutting the top of my knuckle off while cutting my husband's hair, to save money.;o)
Isn't that something the sheriff should know?
A first hand accounting from local forum member in attendance at the time, two idiots to blame here. First, the one bringing in a loaded shotgun. Second, the dimwit at the check point who failed to inspect the chamber and safety then proceeded to fasten a zip tie to the trigger. Ooops!
The media “somehow” missed this part of the story.
Didn’t realize that this and the incident posted earlier were one and the same.
Gotta figure anything that happens at a gun show now will be front page news. The media will do all they can to show the low-info voters that evil guns are just going off all over the place on their own.
There is no place in world more quiet than a gun show the first two seconds after a gun goes off. Everybody is waiting to hear the screaming. When you see blood on the concrete floor at a gun show it makes a memorable impression.
Not to pick nits, but the zip tie is supposed to go through the open chamber to ensure that nothing can be “chambered”.
This was NOT an accident.
They’re so transparent; obviously it was a set-up.
Otherwise, how did the media pick up on it so quickly.
Confiscate all the guns of this stupid prick. We do not need idiots like this on our side.
There were no “accidental” firings at the Grassy Knoll shooting range today. They have an unblemished safety record.
I can’t fathom anyone not knowing the state of their weapon, this is beyond stupid, makes me think it’s setup.
I have been around guns of various types all my life, both as a civilian and in the military and I would never be so stupid as to not make sure a gun was empty before I took it anywhere. Like all the folks that accidentally shoot themselves while cleaning their gun ... BS.
Hard to suffer fools.
Exactly. What if it wasn’t an accident? What if it was just another attempt to get gun shows banned. I don’t put anything past these leftists.
Be interesting to know more about the guy that brought the loaded gun- is he a lefty who bought a shotgun, rigged it to go off easily, gets himself a Carhart shirt and then goes off to the gun show to cause an accident?
Preach it brother!
I *hate* hearing the term “Accidental Discharge”. In almost every case “Negligent Discharge” applies. And I’m ready to jump in with that on ever occasion.