Florida: Pastor’s Daughter in Critical Condition After Accidental Church Shooting

I don’t know why, but I felt led by the Spirit to post this story even though I normally don’t post stories about accidental shootings.

First and foremost, I offer up my prayers for Hannah Kelley and her family.

Secondly, I think this is one of those “teachable moments” that we all can learn from when it comes to guns; ALWAYS check for a chambered round when dealing with semi-automatic handguns!  This is one of the primary reasons I recommend a revolver instead of a semi-automatic for novice gun owners.

As for carrying a gun in church, I’ve got no problem with that.  However, church is probably not best the place to show off your gun:

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WTSP – Written by – Althea Paul

LEALMAN, Fla. — A Bay area church congregation is rallying together in prayer for their pastor’s daughter. The young woman was accidentally shot Sunday at Grace Connection Church along 56th Avenue North in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Hannah Kelley, 20 years old, remains in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center. According to officials with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, church member Moises Zambrana was showing a 9mm handgun to two young men in a closet near the recreational area. Detectives say one of the men, who is Kelley’s boyfriend, was interested in getting a gun. While Zambrana was showing him the safety features, authorities say the gun went off. The bullet went through the wall, and hit Kelley in the head.

According to authorities, Zambrana did take out the magazine clip, but a bullet was still in the chamber.

Church members are now praying that Kelley will pull through.

“There is a big level of concern ’cause she may or may not survive. But we’re all praying for her and, right now, I guess that’s the best we can do,” said church member Tony Diehl.

Authorities say Zambrana does have a permit to carry his gun and did not break any laws. So far, no charges have been filed.

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2 Comments on “Florida: Pastor’s Daughter in Critical Condition After Accidental Church Shooting”

  1. PB-in-AL Says:

    Doc, I’m with you: prayers for her family, and the fellow whose gun it was.

    Yup, mag release, rack. And I agree, the church building is probably not the best place to peruse a firearm for sale, though this sort of accident could just as easily happened in his home and the deceased be someone else.

  2. AgileBulletDodger Says:

    I couldn’t agree more DB. First and foremost its never proper etiquette to demonstrate a firearm while its loaded. Frankly someone needs to revoke his permit for not exercising proper safety measures regardless where he was or what his intentions were.


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