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Woman faces federal charges when gun goes off, striking a patient

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Debra R. McQuillen (Source: Hinds County Detention Center) Debra R. McQuillen (Source: Hinds County Detention Center)
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

University of Mississippi Medical Center Police have arrested a woman and charged her after she dropped her purse and the gun inside fired. The bullet struck a patient.

It happened at the Lakeland Family Medicine Clinic on Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

Chief Michael Stamps said 59-year-old Debra Romedy McQuillen of Philadelphia owns the gun. Around 11 a.m. Thursday, McQuillen was on the fourth floor of the medical facility when the patient was shot in the leg. 

Inside McQuillen's purse was a 22 caliber Derringer.

"She was within her rights to carry the weapon because she had her proper enhanced carry permits, but this is a nonpublic area, so therefore what she was doing is illegal," said UMMC Police Chief Michael Stamps.

Officials said McQuillen was a visitor.

According to investigators, the unidentified injured woman was transported to the Emergency Room. She is said to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Signs posted around the clinic warn that guns are not permitted.

"At this point, we don't feel like we need to increase security because it was an accidental shooting, and so therefore if we can get the public to respect the signage and trust in our ability to protect them then everything will be fine," added Stamps.

McQuillen is charged with the felony offense of carrying a concealed firearm in a nonpublic sensitive area and a misdemeanor offense of simple assault through negligence.

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