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Customers having lunch at the Carrollton McDonald’s received quite a shock last week after a handgun fell from a woman’s purse and discharged inside the restaurant.
The Carroll County Central Dispatch received a call at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 that a woman fired a gun into the building at McDonald’s. Carrollton Police officers responded to the scene and determined that a customer reached into her purse to retrieve something and the weapon fell out. As it hit the floor, the gun discharged and a bullet struck the side of a leather chair. Nobody was injured.
Police recovered the .22 caliber revolver from the floor and unloaded the weapon. The woman, who was from Ohio, did have a valid carry concealed deadly weapon permit. Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite said his department consulted with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and determined there was no criminal behavior associated with the discharge. The gun was returned to the woman.