LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An 11-year-old is in stable condition after she was accidentally shot by her mother, a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy.
Misty Michelle Flowers, a Lincoln County deputy, was reportedly showing her service weapon to guests at her Loop Road home when she accidentally fired the gun. The bullet went through a wall and hit her daughter in the next room, according to reports.
Sheriff David Carpenter told WBTV the girl was shot in the abdomen, but is expected to live.
Lincoln deputies said they were called to the home at 11:23 p.m. and started tending to the girl's injury. The child was taken to CHS-Lincoln and then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. According to deputies, she was in stable condition after surgery.
Neighbors say there was a Halloween party going on at the house where this happened.
"My granddaughter was there until about five minutes until 11 last night," said Clyde Queen.
When they saw all of the emergency vehicles, neighbors say they knew something was wrong, but didn't think it was a shooting.
"Maybe one of the kids got hurt because they had a Halloween party, and there was running around," said Joann Helms.
Neighbors were still in shock Sunday afternoon, after hearing it was an accidental shooting. All they could think of was the girl's health.
"It's a great relief to know she's going to be okay, that she's going to recuperate from it. If she would have lost her life in this accident, it would have been a tragedy for this whole community," Queen said.
Flowers has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office since 2015 and worked for the Catawba County Sheriff's Office before that.
The shooting is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Carpenter said the Sheriff's Office would have to wait until the SBI finished their investigation before determining if disciplinary actions need to be taken.