During a discussion at an East Tennessee church about recent mass shootings, a man took out his gun to show it off and ended up accidentally shooting himself and his wife, KNOX News reports.
According to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks, members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains were talking about guns in churches when a man in his 80s pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, “I carry my gun everywhere.”
He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.
At that point, someone asked to look at the gun and the man agreed. “He pulled it back out and said, ‘With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it’s not loaded,'” Chief Parks said.
That’s when the man pulled the trigger.
According to the police account, the bullet tore through the palm of the man’s hand and entered the left side of his wife’s abdomen and exited the right side.
Both husband and wife suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening and charges will not be filed.
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