No charges against Franklinton woman after her gun accidentally goes off in Staples store

From staff reportsAugust 23, 2013 

— A Franklinton woman will not be charged with a crime after her 2-year-old son reached into her purse where she was carrying a gun and it went off at a Staples store Thursday evening.

Wake Forest police said Friday they expected to charge Danielle Hayes with failing to secure a firearm from a minor, a misdemeanor. But after consulting with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, police decided not to charge Hayes at all, said town spokesman Bill Crabtree.

After Hayes noticed that her son had his hands in her purse, she reached in to get hold of the gun and it fired one shot, hitting her in the right hand, Crabtree said. Her son was not injured.

Hayes, 29, has a concealed-carry permit for the gun. She was taken to WakeMed for treatment, Crabtree said.

The incident took place about 7 p.m. Thursday at the Staples store on Retail Drive, just off Capital Boulevard.

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