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Walmart shopper in ND shot herself in both legs, charges say

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A woman in Williston, N.D., who said she had been shot in a Walmart parking lot Friday is now accused of firing the shots herself.

Forum News Service reports that court records say the shooting, which happened about 2:30 a.m. on July 19, was accidental. Forum says Alexandra Simon is charged with reckless endangerment, a felony, and discharging a firearm in city limits, a misdemeanor.

Initial reports had the woman being discovered by police at a nearby gas station with a gunshot wound to the thigh. She was transported to a Williston hospital.

The Associated Press reports that when an officer found a pistol in Simon's purse, she reportedly said the shooting could have been an accident but she wasn't sure.

Court records, according to the news service, accuse Simon of shooting herself in both legs while she was within one foot of at least one other individual.

Cops also found a spoon with white residue consistent with methamphetamine inside the purse, as well as bras with Walmart price tags still attached. Simon also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony, according to Forum.

Williston is in the heart of the North Dakota oil patch, which has seen a dramatic increase in drug related crimes, the state's attorney general said last week.

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