Old Faithful Lodge

The Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park is seen in this 2010 file photo. (Photo by Acroterion, used via Creative Commons license)

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Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating an incident in which a gun went off inside a bathroom in a park hotel on Wednesday.

Charissa Reid, a spokeswoman for the park, said a maintenance worker reported to park law enforcement Wednesday afternoon that a gun went off inside a men’s bathroom at the Old Faithful Lodge.

No one was injured. The shot is believed to have been accidental, based on statements from multiple witnesses, including at least one who was in the bathroom at the time.

Park rangers are investigating but have not been able to identify the man with the gun. He is presumed to have fled after the incident.

Reid said law enforcement cleared the restroom and the exterior of the building after the shot was fired.

One of the witnesses picked up a shell casing in the bathroom. Park staff went back to the bathroom on Thursday and recovered the bullet from a wooden beam in the ceiling.

People are allowed to carry guns inside Yellowstone National Park. 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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