Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Man accidentally shoots self, wife during church lunch

Man accidentally shoots self, wife during church lunch

They determined a couple had been shot during an accidental discharge of a gun during what the pastor said was a community luncheon inside the fellowship hall.

The incident took place Thursday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

His gun was passed around the Ruger unloaded, though the man in his 80s allegedly put the magazine back in and chambered a bullet when it came back to him.

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The military veteran then pulled the trigger, with the bullet slicing his palm and penetrating his wife's abdomen and exiting her right side. Parks pointed out that no charges will be filed in the incident.

Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks told Gray affiliate WVLT Thursday evening the church was holding a pre-Thanksgiving dinner around 1 p.m. when some of the elders of the church began discussing a seminar being held in Blount County about guns in churches.

Forgetting the weapon was loaded, he fired a single round, striking himself in the hand and his 80-year-old wife, who was sitting in her wheelchair. "She's been shot! Call 911!' So someone grabs their cellphone and calls 911, and says we've had somebody shot at church". During the fellowship, they talked about the November 5 attack on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman killed 26 people, including an unborn child.

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Schools in Tellico Plains were set on a brief lockdown for understudies' security following beginning reports of a dynamic shooter circumstance.

Both victims, who the chief said are from Florida, were taken to UT Medical Center by Lifestar.

Mistin said the man may have lost his thumb.

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After the massacre in Sutherland Springs, some pro-gun politicians argued that churches would be safer if more parishioners had guns. "It just slipped his mind that he recharged the weapon".

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