Mom, child injured after man's gun fires in Dallas Walmart



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Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 11:50 AM

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DALLAS — A shopper was charged with evading arrest after his gun accidentally discharged inside a Walmart store Monday night in northeast Dallas.

Police said Todd Canady, 23, will likely also be charged with injury to a child. Police said he initially attempted to flee after his gun fired at the store, located at 9301 Forest Lane. Canady, another shopper, Cassie Schinto, and her five-year-old daughter were injured when the gun fired.

Schinto said she was at the Walmart two miles from her home buying food for dinner. Schinto tells News 8 she and her daughter, Anastasia, were next in line to pay.

"My daughter is obviously upset," she said.

The incident happened around 9:25 p.m. when Canady reached into his pocket to get his wallet while standing in line to buy milk at the cash register.

Schinto said next thing she knows, she heard a loud pop, saw smoke, then felt a burning sensation in her right foot. She said shell casings from the bullet had struck her foot. She said the debris from the bullet hitting the cement floor, then hit her daughter's ankle, causing it to bleed.

Canady, who Dallas police said has a Concealed Handgun License, accidentally pulled the trigger of his Springfield .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol. It was holstered inside his pants, a sergeant told News 8.

The mother told News 8 she also saw the debris strike a five-year-old boy in the face. Police say he and his family are not pressing charges. Schinto said she is pressing charges.

Schinto said Canady immediately took off running after the round fired. Police arrested him in the Walmart parking lot last night after a short foot chase.

At her Dallas home Tuesday, Schinto told News 8 she is still in shock about what happened. She said she's staying home from work tonight and holding her daughter close.

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