Man who was officiating a wedding accidentally shoots child after he fired a gun to get guests’ attention

A Texas man who was officiating a wedding in Nebraska accidentally shot a child during the ceremony, ABC 8 reported.

Michael Gardner, 62, reportedly fired the gun to get everyone’s attention. “He was going to fire in the air, and as he did that, it slipped and went off,” Lancaster County Chief Deputy Ben Houchin said.

The gun was reportedly loaded with a blank that Gardner made with gunpowder and glue. The child, who was hit in the shoulder, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gardner was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after he turned himself in on Monday.

“It’s just kind of neglectful to take a gun out that has blanks and fire amongst people,” Houchin said.

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