SC - Donna Hutto Williamson, 47, is a is well liked and respected Aiken County magistrate judge. But on Monday morning she fucked up big time. Williamson has a concealed weapons permit and when she and her four-year-old granddaughter went into a local Sam’s Club to buy supplies for a beach trip, she had a small caliber handgun in her purse. A purse that was sitting beside the little girl in the shopping cart. Can you see where this is headed?
If you are a frequent visitor of this site, I am sure you know exactly what happens next. But I will go ahead and tell you anyway. While at the pharmacy area of the Sam’s Club, Williamson took her eyes off the child just long enough for the little girl to go into her purse, retrieve the handgun and then accidentally shoot herself in the chest.
It is being reported that the entire incident was recorded by surveillance cameras, so I am sure that we will all see what happened sooner or later, even though police have stated they will not release the video. The tape shows the little girl rummaging through Williamson purse as Williamson pushes the cart unaware that her granddaughter was handling her firearm. Immediately after the shooting, the girl slumps in the cart and the grandmother grabs her. Employees grabbed first-aid materials off the shelves and administered first aid while Williamson cradled the child.
The girl was rushed to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. Luckily, the bullet did not strike any major organs and went completely through her chest. She is now in stable condition. The store was closed for about an hour after the shooting. Also, while Williamson’s office has a sign that states that no concealed weapon can be brought into the building, the Sam’s Club does not. Yet.
“While we don’t have a sign posted, I think everyone knows the rules and laws. We are working with police to make changes if necessary,” said Tara Stewart, South Carolina spokesperson for Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.
Williamson has not been charged with a crime at this time and in one video report, people were coming to her defense. I don’t know this woman personally, so I cannot comment on her overall character…but wow, that was one big mistake. I know she is probably beating herself up over this, and I feel she should. This one act of dumb-assery could have ended with one dead kid in the cart as well as any of the other bystanders in the store being a victim as well. I am not against concealed weapons, but Jesus Christ, if you find yourself in a situation in which you have to put a kid beside one, have a goddamn trigger lock on the thing.Tags: accidental shooting, Concealed Weapon