Woman accidentally shoots another woman after dropping purse

Debra Romedy McQuillen

Debra Romedy McQuillen (Photo: Hinds County Detention Center)

A 58-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after she dropped her purse, causing a gun inside it to accidentally discharge and shoot another woman.

The incident occurred while Debra Romedy McQuillen, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, was in the waiting room of a doctor’s office at the Lakeland Family Medicine Center on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus.

The injured woman was struck in the leg and rushed to the emergency room, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

McQuillen was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and simple assault, according to records from the Hinds County Detention Center. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

[ The Clarion-Ledger ]