A 20-year-old North Carolina man was handling a gun "in a careless and even threatening manner" when the gun went off. The bullet struck and injured his 7-year-old cousin.
As her mother rushed her daughter to the hospital the van they were driving ran out of gas. Another driver stopped and took them to the child and her mother to the hospital. The child is expected to fully recover from her injuries. The man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.