Gun goes off at health clinic after woman drops purse; 1 shot in leg

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — One person is shot at a health clinic after authorities said a woman dropped her purse that contained a loaded gun.

According to Ruth Cummins of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the incident happened on the 4th floor of the Lakeland Medical Building on Lakeland Drive around 11 a.m. This is one of UMMC’s clinics, officials said.

Debra McQuillen (Photo: HCSO)

UMMC police said 59-year-old Debra McQuillen is charged with misdemeanor simple assault negligence and felony carry of a concealed weapon in a non public sensitive area.

Cummins said the visitor dropped her purse on the 4th floor at the ENT/Otolaryngology clinic and the gun inside of it went off. A patient was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital.

We’re told that four people were inside of the waiting room when the gun went off. The patient’s injury was non-life threatening.

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