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Visitor's gun discharged at St. Vincent's
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- St. Vincent's Hospital in Riverside was on lockdown briefly late Thursday morning after the gun of a person visiting a hospital patient was discharged.

No one was hurt by the gun's discharge and the visitor did have a concealed weapons permit, according to Ilyssa Trussel with St. Vincent's.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy who is normally on campus got to the room quickly and the situation was contained, Trussel said.

Melissa Bujeda, Public Information Officer with JSO, said the bullet went through a wall and into the shower. No one was injured.

Bujeda said the visitor had a handgun in her purse when she was visiting the patient. When the visitor left the hospital room, the patient, who Bujeda said was completely disoriented, went into the purse and shot the gun.

At this time, due to the medical situation, Bujeda said it appears there was no criminal intent. The JSO aggravated battery unit responded to verify the details at the scene. At this time, it is being investigated as an accidental shooting. Bujeda said police do not think any charges will be filed.

Trussel released this statement later Thursday afternoon:

"First and foremost, St. Vincent's HealthCare takes the safety of our patients, visitors, family members, associates and medical staff extremely seriously.

"Based on preliminary information, we were informed a visitor's gun was accidentally discharged at St. Vincent's Riverside. Further details confirmed that a disoriented patient discharged the firearm.  St. Vincent's is thankful no one was hurt. We are cooperating with JSO as the investigation continues."

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