Police: Gun accidentally goes off at Concord hospital

Police: Gun accidentally goes off at Concord hospital
According to the Concord Police Department, the incident happened near Atrium Health Cabarrus on Church Street, North around 3 p.m. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are investigating after they say a gun accidentally went off at a hospital in Concord Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Concord Police Department, the incident happened near Atrium Health Cabarrus on Church Street, North around 3 p.m.

Officers are currently investigating the discharge of a firearm, but say initial reports are that this was an accidental discharge.

Investigation into the matter revealed that a man had left a gun in his coat pocket and had walked into the waiting area in the Medical Arts portion of the hospital.

While seated in the waiting area, the gun accidentally discharged. The bullet grazed the shoe of another individual also in the waiting area however, there were no apparent injuries sustained.

All indications are that this was an accident. The weapon has been seized and all parties are cooperating with the investigation.

Authorities say the man who had the gun has a valid CCW permit, however Atrium Health Cabarrus has postings that prohibit weapons inside the facility.

The man, identified as Kenneth Herzer, was cited for violation of carry concealed laws and discharging a firearm in the city limits of Concord and released.

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