2-year-old accidentally shot at hospital after mom drops purse with gun inside

Courtesy: WJTV

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Police in Jackson, Miss., are investigating an accidental shooting that injured a toddler at a hospital Wednesday morning.

Officer Colendula Green said the 2-year-old girl was shot at Merit Health Central on Chadwick Drive after a gun allegedly went off inside her mother’s purse.

Police said the woman was standing by the vending machine when she dropped her purse.

The gun went off and a bullet hit the vending machine before the bullet bounced off the machine and grazed her daughter in the right side of her face.

The toddler is expected to be ok.

The hospital has since released a statement that said in part, “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 discharged 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.”

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