Friday, January 1, 2016

Veteran Brought Loaded Gun to Indianapolis VA

Gun discharges in MRI at Indianapolis Veterans Affairs hospital
Tim Evans
December 31, 2015

A veteran was injured Wednesday when a gun in his pocket
accidentally discharged while he was in a procedure room
at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.
(Photo: Star file photo)
A veteran was wounded Wednesday at Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center when a handgun he brought into the Indianapolis hospital accidentally discharged in his pocket while he was in a procedure room — possibly an MRI suite.

Hospital officials confirmed the accidental shooting in a statement issued Thursday and reported the victim, whose name was not released, received immediate medical attention. The statement added the man's wound did not threaten his life.

A hospital spokesman initially confirmed in a telephone call from The Indianapolis Star that the incident involved an MRI, but the subsequent statement said only that the incident occurred "in a procedure room." When asked for clarification about the involvement of the MRI, the spokesman said in an email that the statement "is our response at this time."

The statement noted it is a violation of federal and state law to bring a firearm into the hospital and "notification of this law is posted at every entrance."
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