An outpatient at the Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri dropped a small caliber handgun in the foyer area of the mental health outpatient center. When the gun hit the floor it discharged. While police were investigating the incident an elementary school and early childhood center located next to the hospital were put on temporary lockdown.
No one was injured and the man does have a concealed weapons permit. However, guns are not permitted on the premises. According to a spokeswoman for the hospital, "There is tremendous signage posted around the center and staff are very vigilant in making certain our patients and guest are aware of that policy."
The man had been to the hospital before. Police have not indicated what, if any charges, may be filed.