Man’s gun explodes during cleaning and hits woman in neighboring apartment

A man from Gwinnett County is behind bars after police say his gun exploded, hitting and killing his neighbor next door.

This happened at an apartment complex in Duluth and the victim’s son was the one who made the gruesome discovery.

“We’re rocked by this right now,” said George Foley.

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Maxwell Williamson, left, is accused of accidentally shooting Carlether Foley, right (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

An unimaginable tragedy for Foley as he tries to deal with his sister’s untimely death.

“What helps us is prayer,” Foley said.

Gwinnett County Police said Carlether Foley, 36, was killed after her neighbor Maxwell Williamson, 22, accidentally shot his gun.

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Maxwell Williamson

Maxwell Williamson (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

Police report Williams was cleaning the gun inside his Duluth apartment on Friday, September 25 before midnight.

Police said the bullet went through the wall and hit the mother in the head.

Foley’s 17-year-old son later found his mother unconscious in bed and called for help.

“He’s doing his best. One minute it’s okay. The next minute he’s not okay,” Foley said.

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Carlether Foley

It is a difficult healing journey for this family.

The mother and son moved to the Atlanta subway two years ago from Houston, Texas and were known as the life of the party.

“She was full of life and fun. She was always smiling. One thing about Carlether was that she was a go-getter,” Foley said.

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Carlether Foley with his friends

Carlether Foley with his friends (Family photo)

As this family works to finalize the plans for the funeral, this brother faces heartbreak and pain as he continues to process what happened.

“If you have a gun and you stay in an apartment you have to be careful what you do because some lives can be turned upside down. Our lives have been turned upside down,” Foley said.

Maxwell Williamson is behind bars without bail, charged with manslaughter and reckless driving.

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