2-year-old accidentally shot in face after mom drops purse with gun inside

JACKSON, MS (WJTV) — Police in Mississippi are investigating an accidental shooting of a 2-year-old at a hospital.

Officer Colendula Green said a 2-year-old girl was shot at Merit Health Central on Chadwick Drive.

Green said the child was hit after a gun went off that was inside of her mother’s purse.

Police said the woman was standing by the vending machine and dropped her purse. The gun went off and a bullet hit the vending machine. The bullet bounced off the machine and grazed her daughter in the right side of her face.

The toddler is is expected to be okay.

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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