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Man Accidentally Shoots Himself and Wife In Church… While Discussing Church Shootings

Welp, that’s awkward.

During a discussion on recent church shootings, a man accidentally shot himself and his wife at a Tennessee church on Thursday. According to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks, after elder members of the First United Methodist Church had finished up a luncheon, they began talking about the shootings and whether to bring guns into church.

At that point, one of the men pulled out the handgun he was carrying and told the others that he carries his gun everywhere he goes. After that, he pulled out the gun’s magazine and emptied the chamber while letting the other members see his weapon. Receiving the gun back, he placed the magazine back in, but someone else wanted to see the .380 caliber Ruger.

Looking at the gun, he said he could tell by the “loaded indicator” that it was unloaded. He then decided to pull the trigger. Unfortunately for him, he forgot he re-chambered the gun and the bullet went through his hand and then the abdomen of his wife, who was nearby.

The man and woman, both in their 80s, were taken to a nearby hospital. It was reported by law enforcement that their injuries weren’t life-threatening. Parks pointed out that no charges will be filed in the incident.

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