Police said a handgun was accidentally discharged after a discussion of bringing weapons to church was sparked at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains.
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.
Over the course of the conversation, an 81-year-old man said he actually had his weapon on him at the luncheon.
The man produced the handgun from his pocket, removed the magazine, and handed it to other churchgoers to inspect.
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They received reports that a helicopter and another aircraft had crashed near the village of Upper Winchendon. There are reports of multiple casualties. "Everyone is helping the emergency services".
Where said old man fucked up was, during a demonstration of removing and replacing the magazine in the gun, he ended up loading a bullet into the chamber of the gun. "Somebody else walked up and said, 'Can I see it?'".
Parks told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the couple were flown to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Someone asked Shooty McShooterson if they could see his gun, and as he was explaining how he could tell that the gun wasn't loaded, he ended up pulling the trigger. The bullet struck the palm of the man's hand, hit the left side of his wife's abdomen and exited the right side.
Knox News reports the incident happened Thursday (Nov. 16) at First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee. "No one who was in the church is wishing to press charges, and we in the police department think they've suffered enough".
Schools in Tellico Plains were placed on a temporary lockdown for students' safety following initial reports of an active shooter situation.