TELLICO PLAINS | A man of 80 years old shot himself accidentally in the hand in addition to reach his wife so that he exhibited a firearm in a church of Tellico Plains, Tennessee.
Both victims were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center by helicopter, though they sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks told The Knoxville News Sentinel that members of the First United Methodist Church were talking about guns in churches.
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As they talked about the November 5 massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, someone reportedly asked if anyone in the group brings a gun to church. He pulled the gun out, emptied the magazine and chamber, and then started passing the gun around.
Where said old man fucked up was, during a demonstration of removing and replacing the magazine in the gun, he ended up loading a bullet into the chamber of the gun.
According to this report out of Knoxville, during their discussion, a man in his 80s chose to pull out his.380 Ruger and proclaim that he can "carry my handgun everywhere".
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"Somebody else walked up and said, 'Can I see it?'" Parks said. When another person asked if they could see the gun, the man mistakenly said it was not loaded and pulled the trigger, grazing his own palm before cutting right through his wife's abdomen. The bullet then hit his wife in the lower left side, went out the right side of her stomach, and through her right forearm. He said no charges were pending. But it was not an active shooter situation.
According to WATE, nearby schools were briefly placed on lockdown as police investigated the scene.
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