Mom drops purse with gun inside; 2-year-old accidentally shot in face at hospital

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A mother went to a vending machine, she dropped her purse and the gun inside her bag went off.

The bullet ricocheted off of the vending machine and grazed her child on the face.

“Charges are not pending, it’s an accidental discharge,” said Officer Colendula Green with the Jackson Police Department.

That two-year-old is okay.

While Mississippi has an open-carry policy, weapons are prohibited on Merit Health campuses.

The hospital released this statement about the incident:

Weapons are prohibited on the campus of all Merit Health facilities to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, physicians and employees. This morning, an isolated incident involving the accidental discharge of a visitor’s weapon occurred on our campus. It was addressed quickly, preventing serious harm to the patient and risk to others in the hospital. Because this is an active police investigation, further questions should be directed to the Jackson Police Department.

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