Private Gun Sales Halted at NC Gun Show After Patron’s Gun Accidentally Discharged Hitting Three

Three people were shot at a private gun sales event at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show Saturday when a gun belonging to Gary Lynn Wilson, which he intended to sell, accidentally discharged.

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.

Linwood Hester, 54, of Durham, was struck in the left hand by birdshot, according to Joel Keith, police chief with the state Department of Agriculture. The birdshot also struck a woman identified as Janet Hoover, 54, of Benson, and Jake Alderman, a retired sheriff’s deputy from Wake Forest who was working at the event.

Alderman was treated and released at WakeMed North Healthplex for a minor injury, Keith said. Hester and Hoover were taken to WakeMed. Details on their conditions were not immediately available. Source

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Author: JANET SHAN