Police: Woman Charged in Accidental Shooting

Hawes, Angelia SwygertLEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) – A Leesville woman is facing charges after a handgun she was allegedly carrying while inside the restroom of an area hospital discharged hitting a victim.

Authorities say 59-year-old Angelia Swygert Hawes, concealed a .25 caliber handgun in her purse while she was in the Lexington Medical Center on May 4.

Investigators said the firearm accidentally discharged inside the restroom of the hospital’s South Tower lobby.

The victim suffered a non life-threatening injury, according to officials.

Officials say Hawes is a concealed weapons permit holder and is charged with carrying a concealable weapon into a restricted place.

South Carolina’s concealed weapons permit statute notes a “hospital, medical clinic, doctor’s office, or any other facility where medical services or procedures are performed unless expressly authorized by the employer…” as locations where a CWP holder is not authorized to carry a concealable weapon.

She was released from the Lexington County Detention Center Wednesday morning on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

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