Shot In Hospital: Stray Bullet Strikes 62-Year-Old Woman In Abdomen In Upland, Pa. Medical Center [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on July 17, 2013 4:53 PM EDT

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Shot in her hospital bed, a 62-year-old woman in a Pennsylvania medical center is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. (Photo: Flickr/Masahiko OHKUBO)

Shot in the hospital by a bullet? That's not the kind of room service you expect while in the care of doctors, but that's what happened to one woman in Upland, Pa. The 62-year-old was in her bed at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, a borough in Delaware County less than 20 miles from Pennsylvania, when a bullet flew through her window and hit her in the abdomen. The incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. Monday night.

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The woman, who has been identified only as being 62 years of age, was sitting upright in her hospital bed on the first floor of the medical center when an errant bullet came through the double-paned window, traveled past an empty bed, and struck her in the side of her body.

"She heard a popping sound, then reached down to her side, her abdominal area, where she noticed she was in pain and had blood coming out of that area," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan told ABC News local affiliate WPVI-TV.

The woman shot in the hospital pressed her call button, and hospital staff immediately took her to surgery. Luckily, the bullet did not hit any vital organs.

"The patient was taken to surgery and is now in fair (stable) condition," hospital spokeswoman Katrina Stier told ABC News.

According to WPVI-TV, bullets can travel up to a mile before they lose enough energy to penetrate glass, so authorities combed the area up to a mile away from where the woman was shot in the hospital. Investigators scoured the neighborhood Tuesday looking for people who heard the gunshot. They believe the bullet came from an area west of the hospital called Chester known for having a higher crime rate and drug problems.

Investigators believe the shot in the hospital was a freak incident. They don't believe someone intentionally fired at the medical center.

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