A Florida pastor's daughter was shot in the head after a gun accidentally went off at church. Twenty-year-old Hannah Kelley was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the incident.
The gun belonged to a church member named Moises Zambrana. Zambrana brought the weapon to church to show Dustin Bueller. Bueller, 20, had wanted to purchase a gun when he turned 21.
The men were in a closet handling the weapon. Zambrana had taken out the clip. But there was one bullet in the chamber. The gun accidentally fired, going through the closet wall. It struck Kelley in the head, reports the New York Daily News.
Zambrana is a security officer. He has the necessary permits required to carry the gun.
No charges were filed in connection with the incident. There were about forty people present in the church at the time. The accident occurred right after morning services.
It's possible that there could be civil liability, even if there is no criminal liability. This is especially true if any of the men in the closet could be shown to have acted negligently when they handled the weapon.
If they are found liable, they could be on the hook for Kelley's medical expenses. They may also find themselves having to pay damages to cover for any pain and suffering associated with the incident.
Of course, there is no indication that any lawsuits have been filed in response to the tragic accident. Hannah Kelley's family is likely hoping that she makes a full recovery. Church members are also praying for her health.
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