4-year-old shot herself at Sam's Club with Grandmothers Gun
Columbia -A local TV station is reporting that a 4 year old child removed a gun from her grandmothers purse and shot herself at the Sam's Club. The child was found in critical condition and is now receiving treatment at the Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina
Update: Tuesday June 10 3:35 pm - The State Newspaper
The unidentified girl came out of surgery without complication and was in stable condition this morning, said police spokesman Brick Lewis. The girl is likely being cared for in the intensive care unit, he said.
Her grandmother, Aiken County magistrate Donna Hutto Williamson, has not been charged. The girl apparently found the gun in Williamson’s purse.
Lewis said police are trying to allow Williamson time to be with her family before they meet with her later this afternoon.
Update 5:40 pm - The Police have released the following infomation, The grandmother is not being charged in this incident, she has a permit for the weapon.
Politisite Note: Without viewing the video tape which will be released at a later date, Allowing a child near a loaded weapon is a crime and I think this woman should be charged. Again, I am being presumptious and don't have all of the facts. What do our readers think? Please let us know in the comments section of NP, WP, or BS.
Update 5:20 pm ET - Columbia, SC. We have a call in to the local hospital, for now WIS-TV our top local provider of news just released this
The child underwent emergency surgery Monday afternoon at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital.
No major organs were hit by the bullet, and the child is out of surgery and in the recovery room right now. The hospital says she's in stable condition.
WIS News 10 Columbia, SC
Police are calling it an accident after a four-year-old girl grabbed a gun out of her grandmother's purse and shot herself in the Harbison Blvd. Sam's Club.
The child was in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital.
Investigators tell WIS News 10's Stewart Moore they believe the child was sitting in her grandmother's shopping cart when she pulled a small-caliber handgun out of her grandmother's shopping cart and accidentally shot herself in the chest.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance cameras near the store's pharmacy.
CPD spokesman Brick Lewis says the grandmother has not been charged with a crime, and no other injuries have been reported.
Lewis says the child had to undergo emergency surgery at Richland Memorial.
Store officials say the store was closed after the shooting, but was expected to reopen by 1:00pm.
We'll post more as it becomes available. For Video and Follow-up to this story see WIS News Ten in Columbia, SC
The Incident was captured on Video Survellance at Sam's Club and will be used to get a better Idea of what happeneded in this situation.
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