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Woman accidentally shoots her brother while they were trying to figure out if gun works

By Mason White 12:15 PM January 13, 2014
Joeann Smith 

By: Debbi Gross
A Chicago, Illinois woman, accidentally shot her brother with a gun.

Joeann Smith, 52, of the South Shore, shot her brother in the eye during an argument over whether the gun could fire, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that Willie Smith, 59, arrived at his sister’s apartment on Wednesday. The two were drinking when Smith took out a .22 caliber revolver from the bedroom.

Willie Smith said that the bullets were too old to work. He and his sister took turns handling the weapon.

At one point , Willie Smith handed the gun to his sister.

She then pulled the trigger, hitting her brother in the right eye, according to police.

Willie Smith fell to the ground and his sister called 911. He was taken to a hospital where he is said to be brain-dead.

Joeann Smith was arrested and charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm.

She was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.