KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – A Tennessee man accidentally shot himself and his wife in church during a discussion of the recent church shootings, USA Today reports.

According to USA Today, it happened at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains on Thursday afternoon.

USA Today reports the group of elder members were talking about the shootings, when a man in his 80s pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, “I carry my handgun everywhere.”


First United Methodist Church, Tellico Plains


The man allegedly removed the magazine, cleared the chamber and showed the gun off to the men. Then, he put the magazine  back in and put the gun in his holster.

According to USA Today, another member of the church walked up and asked to see it, so he pulled it back out and said the gun wasn’t loaded. He then pulled the trigger, forgetting he re-chambered the weapon.

First United Methodist Church, Tellico Plains


The bullet went through the man’s palm and then into his wife’s abdomen. Both were flown to the University of Tennessee medical center, according to USA Today, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.