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Police and rescue personnel respond to a call of a gunshot wound at the Apple Valley Inn in Bennington Friday night. (Khynna Kuprian)
Police and rescue personnel respond to a call of a gunshot wound at the Apple Valley Inn in Bennington Friday night. (Khynna Kuprian)
Police and rescue personnel respond to a call of a gunshot wound at the Apple Valley Inn in Bennington Friday night. (Khynna Kuprian)

BENNINGTON -- A woman was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Friday night after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The Bennington Police Department responded to the Apple Valley Inn on Route 7 just after 6 p.m., and found that the victim was the only person involved in the incident.

"We responded to the scene after we received a 911 call where a female could be heard screaming," said BPD Cpl. Andy Hunt.

Police declined to release the woman's name citing mental health privacy, but said she appeared to be in her 20s. According to police, the woman used a .22-caliber firearm.

The woman was a long-term resident of the motel and the only resident who appeared to be currently living there, according to police.

Over the scanner police could initially be heard telling the occupant to come out with their hands up. After authorities determined that the victim had shot herself she was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center by ambulance, prior to being moved to Albany with complaints of trouble breathing.

Traffic was not closed off between Bennington and Pownal during the investigation.

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