Gun in purse ‘misfired’ by woman in Walmart checkout line in Northborough

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A local Walmart shopper faces the potential loss of her license to carry a firearm, after the gun in her purse ‘misfired’ while she was in the checkout line at a Walmart in Northborough.

It happened at the Walmart on Otis Street on Monday night. Police responded after they “received a report of an accidental misfiring of a weapon.”

No one inside the store was hurt and police say “the projectile was recovered from the floor.”

The gun owner, a 31-year-old woman from Worcester told police she mistakenly fired her 9mm handgun, while digging through her purse at the cashier.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say “the licensing authority was notified for purposes of review and possible revocation” and the appropriate state agency was notified since the woman’s toddler was with her.

The woman will be charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied building.

Download the FREE Boston 25 News app for breaking news alerts.

Follow Boston 25 News on Facebook and Twitter. | Watch Boston 25 News NOW