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Man charged with firing gun in Henderson hospital ER

Posted March 8, 2013

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— Police on Friday charged a Henderson man with firing a gun inside Maria Parham Medical Center Thursday evening.

Jan-Michael Vincent Lassiter, 29, of 106 Gwynn Pond Road, was charged with discharging a firearm into occupied property, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, injury to personal property, disorderly conduct, discharging a firearm in the city limits and concealing a handgun after consuming alcohol. He was being held in the Vance County jail under a $60,000 bond.

Police were supervising a mental patient receiving treatment at Maria Parham's emergency room at about 6 p.m. when they heard a gunshot come from a nearby restroom. Officers immediately arrested the man in the restroom.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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  • RonnieR Mar 8, 2013

    I thought Duke bought Maria Parham hospital. Doesn't Duke have signs that say "no firearms are allowed"? They do at Duke Raleigh Hospital.
    cushioncritter

    If it is part of Duke, then no signs are necessary, as state law prohibits firearms on any educational property, no matter the use, except for certain hunting areas that some schools may own.

  • cushioncritter Mar 8, 2013

    I thought Duke bought Maria Parham hospital. Doesn't Duke have signs that say "no firearms are allowed"? They do at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

  • godshelper Mar 8, 2013

    Stay on topic people, There is no mention in this article that this man was consuming alcohol at a bar while carrying a firearm prior to this incident. There is also no indication that he drove to the hospital while intoxicated and armed either. So there is no need to discuss guns inside of bars. Awww look its a squirral on a power line.....stay on topic!

  • alx Mar 8, 2013

    you know in my over 40 years of life i have never had a gun accidently go off in a hospital bathroom?

  • mj1angier Mar 8, 2013

    "eg allowing concealed carry in places that serve alcohol. It would be nice if all gun owners would obey the law and not drink alcohol while carrying. Of course, we know that isn't the case, but that won't stop the current administration from trying to repeal laws to keep guns and drinking separate."
    bill0

    Let re word this and see if it makes it sound smarter:
    "It would be nice if all car owners would obey the law and not drink alcohol while driving. Of course, we know that isn't the case, but that won't stop the current administration from trying to repeal laws to keep driving and drinking separate."

    Nope, still sounds dumb...

  • batcave Mar 8, 2013

    keep guns and drinking separate.
    Even though it is drinking and driving that kills.Over 1000 died on state roads,large percentage alcohol related where's the outrage?? Some one can always leave a bar and come back with a gun from the car,(which we know happen) so we are splitting hairs, the law was useless.

  • doggypoos Mar 8, 2013

    Guy goes to the bathroom to relieve himself, loosens his belt and his gun goes off for whatever reason. News making it seem like it was a drive by or something. Sounds more like an accident even though he did break multiple laws.

  • savannahn8v Mar 8, 2013

    People never cease to amaze me.

  • bill0 Mar 8, 2013

    "It's guys like this that make life harder for law abiding gun owners."

    Yes, the criminals are always the problem and law abiding citizens always have to sacrifice some freedom to account for them. That applies to gun ownership and pretty much everything else in life. It's not like we all love paying taxes to fund things like Meat Inspectors, but they are a necessary part of safety in a modern society.

    eg allowing concealed carry in places that serve alcohol. It would be nice if all gun owners would obey the law and not drink alcohol while carrying. Of course, we know that isn't the case, but that won't stop the current administration from trying to repeal laws to keep guns and drinking separate.

  • gobbledygook Mar 8, 2013

    They have detectors at hospitals?? I didn't know that

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