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    Careless incidents like this do not help the cause (linked off of cnn.com) WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina | 4-year-old out of surgery after shooting self at Sam's Club:

    4-year-old out of surgery after shooting self at Sam's Club

    Posted: June 9, 2008 10:25 AM CDT

    Updated: June 9, 2008 04:31 PM CDT

    Four-year-old shoots self at Sam's, Stewart Moore reports
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    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Authorities say a four-year-old girl from Salley is recovering after she grabbed a gun out of her grandmother's purse and shot herself in the Harbison Blvd. Sam's Club Monday.

    The child underwent emergency surgery Monday afternoon at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital.

    Lewis says 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.

    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.

    "They made an announcement that they were closing and that there was an official on the scene. No announcements to what happened," said Heath Mills, who was in the store at the time.

    CPD spokesman Brick Lewis says the grandmother has not been charged with a crime, and no other injuries have been reported.

    Lewis says the grandmother, Donna Hutto Williamson, has a weapons permit.

    Store officials say the store was closed for about an hour after the shooting.

    "Everyone at Sam's Club is deeply saddened by today's tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the little girl and her family," said Tara Stewart, South Carolina spokesperson for Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

    Stewart said as of right now they do not have a policy on concealed weapons, but after this incident, that could change.

    "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 Stewart.

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