EASTPOINTE, Mich. – What was supposed to be a regular trip to the dollar store for 80-year-old Bernice Hightower changed when her gun fell out of her purse.
The last thing anyone would ever want going off accidentally went off when a gun fell out of Bernice Hightower's purse in Eastpointe.
When she heard the gunshot, Jessie Billing turned to Hightower, her friend, wondering what happened.
The 80-year-old woman had put her gun in her purse, and when she was getting out of the car, the gun fell to the ground.
It went off and Hightower was shot in the leg.
Billing said her friend wasn't scared. In fact, she said Hightower wanted to make a pit stop before going to the hospital.
Billing took her lifelong friend home and they called an ambulance. She said Hightower never goes anywhere without her .22 caliber gun. She doesn't think that will change after the incident.
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June 30, 2016 - Four men ran towards an off-duty security guard on Detroit's west side and initiated a robbery. The off-duty security guard shot one of the men and the three others fled. Police believe the same group of men are responsible for robbing a woman just an hour earlier.
April 17, 2016 - A CPL holder met a woman at a gas station on Detroit's west side and her boyfriend showed up with a gun. The two men exchanged gunfire. The boyfriend was shot and killed.
February 17, 2016 - A CPL carrier saved a woman's life at the GM Tech Center in Warren as the woman's daughter allegedly stabbed her mother in the lobby. Scandal surrounded the shooting as the CPL carrier was fired and later reinstated. He was later honored by the Mayor Jim Fouts.
January 5, 2016 - A man approached a CPL holder and announced a holdup on Ohio Street. The would-be robber took a bullet to the chest.
December 11, 2015 - The manager of a Dearborn pizzeria opened fire during an attempted robbery on a delivery in Detroit. The pizzeria sends pairs for deliveries in Detroit. The manager was a CPL holder and was released uncharged.
November 9, 2015 - A 22-year-old CPL holder was allegedly involved in an armed robbery at the Fairlane Mall. Shots were fired and the mall was placed under lockdown. He was charged with multiple firearms violations, as well as armed robbery.
October 6, 2015 - A customer with a CPL in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Auburn Hills saw loss prevention officers trying to stop a shoplifting suspect and fired shots at the vehicle. She was later charged, as well as the shoplifters.
September 21, 2015 - A bank robber walked into the Citizens Bank on Van Dyke and announced a hold-up. A customer with a CPL shot the bank robber in both arms and the leg.