GLADEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A gun accidentally discharged in a Wilson County church on Easter Sunday. It happened between sermons at The Glade Church in Gladeville.
Thankfully, nobody was injured, but the incident is now under investigation.
Authorities told News 2 a man, who has a carry permit, was attending an Easter service at the Gladeville Baptist church when the gun in his pocket accidentally went off.
The gun was a 9mm glock, and the bullet tore a hole through his pants and shot into the floor.
Pastor Mark Marshall heard the gun shot when it happened around 9 a.m.
“The big picture is nobody was hurt. It was completely an accident on this guy’s part,” Marshall said.
“There are people in the vicinity, so we do believe god protected everyone yesterday,” the pastor added.
According to investigators, there were about 40 to 50 people around when the gun discharged.
While there is a notice prohibiting firearms in the church, Pastor Marshall says several members of the congregation, including law enforcement officers, do carry guns on their person.
Marshall told News 2 the notice is posted for the large number of people who use the church for various reasons all week long.
And while no one was injured, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department takes the accidental discharge seriously.
“You are legally and ethically responsible for every bullet that comes out of that gun,” said. Lt. Scott Moore.
Sheriff’s officials say the bullet hit the carpet leaving a small mark, but the bullet could have gone anywhere.
“It could happen whenever you discharge a firearm. In this case, accidentally, it could go through his leg, off the floor; it could do anything. You have no control of a bullet once it is fired,” explained Lt. Moore.
The sheriff’s office says how the gun went off in the man’s pocket is unknown.
“Something has to trigger the bullet to be fired out. In a situation like this, not sure if something was in his pocket, but something has to pull the trigger,” the lieutenant told News 2.
The district attorney plans to review the case once the investigation is over. The man could be facing charges or lose his carry permit, but that remains unknown at this time.
His weapon and ammunition were placed into evidence pending the outcome of the case.