Teen Accidentally Shot While Getting Pedicure, Pinellas Sheriff Says
The shot came from a gun store next door to the nail salon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A woman was seriously injured Friday (Feb. 10) when she was accidentally shot in the back while getting a pedicure, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Yaminah Gilbert, 19, of Largo, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. She was released late Friday.
Deputies said they were called to Dara’s Nail Salon and Day Spa, 9049 Starkey Road, in unincorporated Pinellas, about 6:30 p.m. They said Gilbert was seated in a salon chair getting a pedicure when she felt the pain from the projectile striking her in the back.
She was hit, deputies said, when Mark Smith, 43, of Seminole, an employee at the neighboring business, R&R Firearms, 9051 Starkey Road, was unloading a customer’s .45 caliber handgun inside the gun shop. Deputies said Smith told them that he was clearing the loaded firearm when he pulled the slide back and emptied the chambered round from inside the firearm. When Smith sent the slide
forward on the handgun, there was a magazine with ammunition still inside the handgun and the gun accidentally discharged.
The projectile from the handgun traveled southbound, through the adjoining wall, and into the spa where it hit Gilbert.
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