UPDATED: ECU Soccer Player Accidentally Shot In Stomach By Boyfriend

An East Carolina University soccer player is recovering after lawmen say her boyfriend accidentally shot her.

Jessica Swanson is a senior on the soccer team at ECU, from Smithfield. Swanson was shot in the stomach at her boyfriend's house in Clayton Monday night. Deputies tell WITN that William Hamilton was cleaning the gun when it went off, shooting his hand first before hitting his girlfriend.

The shooting is considered an accident. Swanson was listed in good condition Wednesday morning at Wake Med.

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 23, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    An unfortunate but preventable accident. My heart goes out to both the young lady and her boyfriend. People, make sure the gun is unloaded before cleaning. A round can be in the chamber without you knowing it.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    To Correction Darren, you have misunderstood the point. What I meant by what I said is that what these 3 things have in common is that if used irresponsibly then it can kill people. Thoughts and prayers go out to both of these people and their families!
  • by Kellen Location: Clayton on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    Accidents do happen. Yes cleaning a loaded gun was not wise but accidents do happen. I know Gray and he is a great guy and would never do anything to hurt another person. Jessica is also a wonderful and very talented person. Gray would never put her in any harm on purpose. They are both going through a horrible time and hearing other people make comments on whats going on in THEIR lives has to be pretty annoying. So leave them be and if you want to say something about them say it in a prayer, that's the only good we can do.
  • by wind on Jan 21, 2010 at 09:07 PM
    i just think no one has no business commenting on this situation because it happened and none of yall were there. to be honest they don't need these comments. it was stupid but it was an accident. she is in the hospital and doesn't need these comments about what everyone thinks and he doesn't either
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 21, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    Gray: actually, you CAN lose your license if it is shown that you were grossly negligent in the handling of the vehicle and caused serious harm to someone in the process. It doesn't have to involve alcohol either. If that was your arguement in his favor, it was a poor one.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 21, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    Hunter, your friend may love this girl, but he should know better than try to clean a loaded weapon. This tells me he is not educated in the handling of fire arms. To me this is still negligence, and she needs to find a new boy friend.
  • by me Location: here on Jan 21, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    to amazed: if you have that many people in your family that deal with guns it is extremely surprising to me that NONE of them EVER cleaned their guns inside. Just really hard for me to believe.
  • by Gray Location: ECU on Jan 21, 2010 at 03:46 AM
    I feel really sorry for both of them. What he did was very careless, but he will now have to live with that. I'm sure it's tearing him up inside. But I'm don't think there's any sense in taking away an privileges he may have had otherwise (hunting or gun permits). The last time you were in an accident (non-alcohol in volved) did they take your license? And yes, I can compare guns to cars considering the number of people killed in stupid automobile crashes. Having been in the military, I used to clean guns around others all the time. It's not an unsafe process, (esp since the gun is in pieces when you clean it...) but you always go OUTSIDE to clear the weapon first -- take out any magazines and clear the chamber. Lastly, none of us know exactly what happened. I am sure that William is just beside himself over what has happened. I hope Jessica gets better very soon!
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    Fair enough actually, if your own comfort zone would be to not clean them with other people around. It isn't however actually necessary, and in fact is part of the social routine for people who attend firing ranges together.. and also ends up being a necessary process if you are learning how to clean one properly from someone already in-the-know. The only way to practice out the ability to handle it safely around other people, is to handle it around other people and ingrain those patterns. In truth, you should not be fearful but rather circumspect. Fearful behavior can lead to bad incidents as well. If you're very uncomfortable handling one, my advice to a person who can't get past it is to never handle one again.
  • by Amazed Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    I have hunters and police officers in my family. All are trained in gun safety and handled guns with training from a young age. No gun was ever cleaned indoors nor would such a careless accident have occurred. Guns are to be respected at all times-I wonder if he was totally sober at the time? It doesn't matter if he feels badly. Grow up, what happend may cause her health repercussions for years and could have caused her parents to lose her in a totally stupid and unnecceary way. Sometimes you have to buck up and do things right the first time. You got a second chance thank God. Now grow up and be responsible..what you do always affects other people.

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