NC man charged in shooting after child kicked holster

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HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man has been charged in a shooting after his child kicked his gun holster and wounded the child's mother.

The Hickory Daily Record reports 23-year-old A-Duan Namon Walker is charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in the Sept. 5 shooting at Valley Hills Mall in Hickory.

Police Chief Thurman Whisnant said Tuesday that the child kicked the holster while being picked up by Walker, shooting the woman in both feet with a single bullet.

The police chief says the shooting was apparently accidental and the woman was treated.

Two spent shell casings were recovered from the scene. Whisnant says authorities don't know why there were two shell casings, as security video and witness accounts led police to determine only one shot was fired.