Elderly Man Accidentally Shoots Himself & Wife While Discussing Guns In Church

Elderly Man Accidentally Shoots Himself & Wife While Discussing Guns In Church

Elderly Man Accidentally Shoots Himself & Wife While Discussing Guns In Church

Police said a handgun was accidentally discharged after a discussion of bringing weapons to church was sparked at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains.

When the gun was returned to its owner, police told reporters that he put the magazine back in and recharged the chamber - but then accidentally pulled the trigger.

According to USA Today, another member of the church walked up and asked to see it, so he pulled it back out and said the gun wasn't loaded.

He said he could tell it was not loaded. "Evidently he just forgot that he re-chambered the weapon", the officer says. The resulting gunshot hit the man in his hand and his wife in the abdomen.

His wife is in surgery, but is expected to survive.

The husband and wife were flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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"I carry my handgun everywhere", the man, who has yet to be named, said, according to Parks.

The bullet missed the woman's vital organs, and the couple was listed in stable condition at a hospital, he said. Since America is a country with almost one gun for every citizen, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that someone would be shot at their church while attending a meeting about church shootings.

Knox News reports the incident happened Thursday (Nov. 16) at First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee.

Police placed local schools on lockdown temporarily, amid fears it may have been an active shooter situation.

"No one who was in the church is wishing to press charges and we in the police department think they've suffered enough", Parks said, according to the paper.

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