Patient shot when handgun accidentally discharges at clinic

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 2:55 PM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A handgun that fell from a purse at a Texas medical clinic has discharged and injured a patient who was checking out of the facility.

Beaumont police said in a statement that the shooting happened Monday as a woman was helping her mother at the clinic. The two were at a front desk preparing to leave.

The woman reached into her mother's purse to retrieve some paperwork when she inadvertently pulled out the small-caliber handgun.

Authorities say the gun tumbled to the ground and discharged, sending a bullet through a wall and striking another patient who was also checking out.

The victim's wound was not considered life-threatening.

No other information was immediately available.