An armed woman with a history of mental issues barricaded herself inside her truck at Jackson Memorial Hospital early Wednesday, police said. NBC 6's Diana Gonzalez spoke with Miami gun store owner Frank Abay about laws governing selling guns to those with mental illness.
An armed woman with a history of mental issues barricaded herself inside her truck at Jackson Memorial Hospital early Wednesday, police said.
Miami-Dade Police responded to the hospital around 5 a.m. after the woman, identified as Milvel Herrera, barricaded herself inside the truck on the eighth floor of the garage next to the hospital.
Police said Herrera, who lives in Hialeah, refused to leave her vehicle and was threatening her life.
She was later taken into custody without injuries after spending over two hours in the truck.
Hospital spokesman Ed O'Dell said the incident would not affect patient care.
Police said Herrera bought the gun earlier this month and had done a similar thing last week in Hialeah. They also said Herrera has been Baker Acted six times.
"My understanding as it sits right now, medical records are not public record. I wouldn't know or neither would anyone else if someone has mental illness," said Frank Abay of Miami Guns, where she bought the gun.
She came in on July 13 and picked up the gun a week later.
"Gun laws in the state of Florida are riddled with loopholes which allow these situations to continue happening. Residents of our state MUST make their voices heard to their legislators and press them to make changes that protect our communities and keep guns out of the wrong hands," said Dana Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Currently, a proposed bill in Florida would prohibit the purchase of a firearm by someone involuntarily examined under the Baker Act who then admits themselves for treatment. Within 24 hours, that record would be submitted to FDLE and entered into the firearm purchase database.
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