Accidental Gun Shot Injures 1 at Arlington Cemetery

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File photo of Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where American military members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently laid to rest. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

File photo of Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where American military members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are currently laid to rest. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Va. — One person was injured after an accidental shooting in the parking lot at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

The shooting occurred Monday, hours before President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Sharon Walker, a spokeswoman for Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, which responded to the incident, said the gun fell out of a cemetery visitor’s car. Walker said the gun fell under the car and as the man tried to retrieve it, a shot went off and struck one of the passengers from his vehicle in the leg.

The shooting victim was taken to the hospital.

Guns are not allowed on the cemetery property. It was unclear Wednesday whether charges would be filed in the incident, which was first reported by ARLnow.com.

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