Thirteen-year-old improving after gun shot injury

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

Ashley Williams, 13, is still in critical but stable condition at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, after undergoing at least five surgeries from injuries sustained from a gun shot wound on Friday, June 21.

Williams was injured by a .45-caliber handgun, the bullet hitting her arm before entering her abdomen.

The incident occurred at a relative's residence on East High Road in Ellenboro, and according to deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the gun shot was accidental. 

Deputies report that Ray Ponder, a cousin of Williams, is responsible for inflicting the accidental wound.

Local fundraisers are planned to raise money for Williams, including a benefit hot dog supper and silent auction on Saturday, July 6 at 4 p.m. at Campfield Memorial Baptist Church in Ellenboro.