Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wilmington man's shotgun fires at gun show, injuring three

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / January 19, 2013

Wilmington gun owner charges in accidental discharge of shotgun at Dixie Gun and Knife Show at N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

An injured person is taken from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds after being wounded in a gun accident on Saturday. 







By Emery P. Dalesio

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.
RALEIGH | A retired sheriff’s deputy and two bystanders were hurt when gunfire erupted at a large gun show at North Carolina’s state fairgrounds on Saturday — a shooting that officials and witnesses are calling accidental.  
A 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner removed it from its case at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, fairgrounds Police Chief Joel Keith said Saturday. The event draws thousands of people to the fairgrounds, located in Raleigh.
Janet Hoover, 54, of Benson and Linwood Hester, 50, of Durham were hit by shotgun pellets and taken to a hospital, Keith said. Hoover was hit with small, birdshot pellets in her right torso, while Hester was hit in the left hand, Keith said.
Retired Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Alderman, 54, of Wake Forest, suffered a slight hand injury and was treated and released at a Raleigh hospital, Keith said.
Authorities say the shotgun’s owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson of Wilmington, brought the weapon looking for a private buyer. While guns are banned from the fairgrounds during the annual state fair, Keith said he didn’t know if Wilson might face criminal charges for bringing a loaded shotgun onto state property.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, whose agency is investigating the shooting, said his officers would consult with prosecutors but that it was too early to know whether Wilson might be charged.
“What we see is an accident,” Harrison said.
Wilson’s shotgun discharged while he unzipped its case for it to be checked, said Brian Long, a spokesman for the state agriculture department, which operates the fairgrounds.