Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Man accidentally shoots self, wife during church lunch

Man accidentally shoots self, wife during church lunch

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.

The man then pulled the trigger while the gun was lying on its side on a table and it went off, according to the News Sentinel.

The 81-year old man took out a Ruger.38 hangun cleared it and showed it to other parishioners during an early Thanksgiving dinner on November 9 at First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.

The Tellico Plains Police Department says elder members of First United Methodist Church were meeting for a Thanksgiving dinner around 1 p.m. and began discussing the Texas shooting when someone asked if anyone brought a gun to their church. "Somebody else walked up and said, 'Can I see it?'". The bullet struck the palm of the man's hand, hit the left side of his wife's abdomen and exited the right side. Both husband and wife were flown to a Knoxville hospital and are expected to survive.

Knox News reports the incident happened Thursday (Nov. 16) at First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee. "He pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it's not loaded'".

The couple was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and were treated for minor injures.

"It just slipped his mind that he recharged the weapon".

"The schools were placed in a temporary lockdown for the students' safety". Tellico Plains police said the injuries did not appear to be fatal and that no charges will be filed.

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