Child accidentally shot while at hospital’s emergency room

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JACKSON, Miss. – A child is recovering after being grazed by a bullet in a hospital’s emergency room, according to police.

Officers from the Jackson Police Department told the Clarion-Ledger that a 2-year-old girl was at Merit Health Center hospital when a gun in her mother’s purse accidentally discharged.

Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green told the site that the mother dropped her purse while standing by a vending machine.

When the purse hit the floor, her gun went off, causing a bullet to ricochet off the vending machine and to graze the girl’s face.

Fortunately, she is expected to be OK.

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