Woman Shot in Waiting Room When Suspect Drops Purse

Police say gun inside Debra McQuillen's purse went off when she dropped it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2017 11:04 AM CDT
Suspect Drops Purse, Gets Charged With Shooting Woman
Debra McQuillen   (Hinds County Detention Center)

A 59-year-old woman is facing a litany of criminal charges after she allegedly shot another woman—by dropping her purse. WAPT reports the incident happened Thursday morning on the fourth floor of the Lakeland Family Medicine Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Debra McQuillen was in the waiting room of the clinic on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus when she dropped her purse, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Police say a gun inside McQuillen's purse fired, and the bullet struck a woman in the leg. WJTV reports there were four people in the waiting room when the gun went off.

The victim was transported to the emergency room with a non-life-threatening injury. Her name has not been released. McQuillen has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and assault. Signs outside the medical center state firearms are prohibited inside. (Read more shooting stories.)

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