RALEIGH, NC (WRAL) — A North Carolina woman is recovering after she was accidentally shot in the head outside a gun show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said three people were inside a pickup truck around 10:15am 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.”
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.
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.