CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBC Charlotte Defenders team is spotlighting gun safety after a pair of accidental shootings within days of each other.

One of those shootings had a tragic ending.  

Police say a young teacher died after accidentally shooting herself inside a Ruby Tuesday in Concord. Later in the week, another young woman mistakenly shot herself inside a Charlotte home.

Police said the Charlotte woman shot herself in the hand and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

NBC Charlotte is sharing tips to keep others safe.

“You always hate to Monday morning quarterback someone,” firearms instructor Gil Narvaez previously told NBC Charlotte.

Narvaez said it’s important to take the same proper steps each time to make sure the gun is safe.

“First drop the magazine, you get rid of the source of ammunition itself, so go ahead and rack the slide which removes any round which may be in the chamber,” he told NBC Charlotte.

Then Narvaez said look into the chamber to make sure there is no ammunition at all inside the gun.

“Still pointing it in a safe direction just in case we've made a mistake, now we're going to go ahead and pull the trigger,” he said.

Over the weekend, Concord Police said 28-year-old Madison Moore accidentally shot herself inside a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Concord. She was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.   

Moore was a teacher at Knollwood Elementary School in Salisbury.   According to an online obituary, she was "undeniably selfless and kind with everyone, but especially her school students."

In the latest case, the Charlotte woman was taken to the hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

“You can do something the wrong way 99 times, but that 100th time is the time that actually comes back to bite you,” Narvaez previously told NBC Charlotte.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police encourage anyone who legally owns and handles a gun to take firearms safety training.


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