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McMinnville hospital employee injured after loaded gun goes off in backpack

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Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville (KPTV file image) Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville (KPTV file image)
MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

A Willamette Valley Medical Center employee dropped a backpack containing a loaded gun inside the hospital. The gun fired, injuring the employee.

Hospital administrators and McMinnville police officers said nobody else was hurt.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at the hospital on the 2700 block of Southeast Stratus Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the employee who owns the gun and brought it to work in a backpack sustained injuries not believed to be life-threatening when the gun went off. 

Officers secured the weapon and removed it from the hospital. Police said the employee is a man, but his name was not released. 

"For the safety of everyone, Willamette Valley Medical Center's policy specifically states that no weapon is allowed on the premises with or without a concealed weapons permit. This incident is in strict violation of our policy," according to a statement from the hospital.

A McMinnville Police Department spokesperson said there are no laws preventing someone from carrying a firearm onto a hospital campus in Oregon, so the employee is not facing criminal charges. The shooting was ruled to be an accident.

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