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A 21-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after what appears to be an accidental shooting to the head in Alabama.

Posted: Feb. 2, 2018 2:43 PM

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VERNON, Ala. (WTVA) - A 21-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after what appears to be an accidental shooting to the head in Alabama. 

According to Lamar County Sheriff Hal Allred, it appears Tisha Thornton accidentally shot herself Thursday afternoon in the southern part of Lamar County, close to the Mississippi state line. 

The sheriff says Thornton and her boyfriend were in town from out-of-state, possibly visiting family in the area when the incident took place.  

Allred says the two exchanged words, and at some point, Thornton may have pointed the small-caliber gun at her head, not necessarily intending to pull the trigger. 

However, the gun discharged, striking a glancing blow to Thornton's head. She was still conscious after the shooting and gave a statement to law enforcement. 

She was initially taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus and was later transported to a Jackson hospital.  

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