The Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park was put on active shooter alert Wednesday after a gun was fired in the men's restroom, causing a brief panic, according to the Montana Cowgirl Blog, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Yellowstone Insider.
A maintenance worker reported the gunshot to law enforcement, which cleared the restroom and the exterior of the building, park spokeswoman Charissa Reid said.
Sources told Montana Cowgirl Blog, a political website that also breaks news, that an 8-year-old boy and a senior official from the Virginia Governor's office were in the restroom at the time of the incident.
A man using a stall toilet had a firearm in a shoulder holster and it fell out and accidentally discharged.
Nobody was injured, but the boy and other witness were said to have emerged "frightened and with temporary hearing impairment from the .45 caliber blast."
The accidental shooter fled the scene and his identity remains unknown, but park rangers are investigating.
One of the witnesses retrieved the shell casing in the bathroom, and on Thursday, park staff recovered the bullet from a wooden beam in the ceiling.
"People are allowed to carry guns inside Yellowstone National Park," the Daily Chronicle reported. "A ban on firearms inside park boundaries was lifted in 2010. But people aren't allowed to bring guns into any of the park's buildings or any of the buildings operated by the concessionaire company, like Old Faithful Lodge.
"Shooting a gun inside Yellowstone National Park is illegal."
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