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Victim Speaks: Accidental Shooting At Jacksonville Mall, Woman Hit In Good Condition

A day after being shot in the face a Jacksonville woman says she still has a bullet lodged in the left part of her jaw.

Paramedics rushed 58-year old Letha Gibbs to the hospital after she suffered a gunshot wound to the face inside the Jacksonville mall Friday afternoon.

But it was all an accident according to the Jacksonville Police Department. They say Foster Carter who owns Foster's Mens Shop inside the mall was talking with Gibbs when the 77 year old man put his licensed small caliber pistol on a counter inside the service entrance.

The gun slipped and fell on the ground firing the round that hit Gibbs in the cheek. The victim says she had no idea that it was her friends gun that shot her.

From her hospital bed at Pitt County Memorial Gibbs says, "I was just shocked that's all it was because he told the police his gun went off. I was shocked because it didn't feel like a gun it felt like electricity. It was like I got electrocuted."

Gibbs says she has been told by her doctor that at this point she will not need surgery.

She says her doctor says about the bullet in her face, "It can work it's way out."

Police say carter will not face any charges.

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A woman is recovering after being shot in the face, but it was by accident according to officials.

Paramedics rushed 58-year-old Letha Gibbs to the hospital after she suffered a gunshot wound to the face inside the Jacksonville Mall Friday afternoon.

Police say 77-year-old Foster Carter, who owns Foster's men's shop inside the mall, was exiting the rear of his store into the service hall when Gibbs and her adult daughter were entering the mall through the service entrance.

Police say Carter spoke to the women as he always does, and while he did, he set down a leather case contained a small-caliber pistol.

Police say while the three were talking, Carter's case containing the pistol fell off the counter, struck the floor and discharged. The bullet exited the case and struck Gibbs in the lower left cheek.

She was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital and transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital where she was last listed in good condition.

Police say Carter was licensed to have the pistol, and no charges will be filed.


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Jacksonville Police say there has been a shooting at the Jacksonville Mall on Western Boulevard.

A captain with the Jacksonville Police Department says the shooting was an accidental discharge of a weapon.

The captain said a store owner or employee accidentally discharged a gun in a side service entrance of the mall, and a customer was injured.

We're told she had facial injuries, but they do not appear to be life-threatening. A child with her was not hurt.

There is no word why they were at the service entrance.

Police and law enforcement converged on the mall, but they have all but dispersed as of 5:00 p.m.

The mall is open.

The Jacksonville Mall released a statement:

"There was an accidental discharge of a gun inside one of our service corridors. Unfortunately, a female was injured and she has been taken to the hospital. Our understanding is that her injuries are not life threatening. The police are currently investigating. The mall is fully operational at this time."


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