Woman dies after church shooting

2012-02-19 14:14

Washington - Authorities say a Florida pastor's daughter who was accidentally shot in the head in a church died on Saturday at a hospital.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 on Saturday at Bayfront Medical Centre. An autopsy is pending.

Kelley had been hospitalised since February 12, when she was struck in the head by a bullet at Grace Connection Church in St Petersburg, where her father Tim Kelley is pastor.

Investigators have said Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. The St Petersburg Times reports that the other church member, Dustin Bueller, was Hannah Kelley's fiancee.

Zambrana reportedly removed the magazine from the Ruger 9mm weapon but did not know that a round was still in the chamber. The gun went off, firing a bullet through a wall. Kelley was struck in the head.

The sheriff's office says detectives are still investigating the shooting. No charges have been filed.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-19 16:05

    In context of the many and varied acrimonious opinions almost daily expressed about religion on these pages I shall refrain from saying...god works in mysterious ways. Oops! Eina! Not to mention the drownings during baptizing. Ouch!

      OzzyIn - 2012-02-19 21:47

      Cracker, this has nothing to do with God. It is Satan's world we live in and we see the results of it more-and-more of it on a daily basis.

      TSR01 - 2012-02-20 10:23

      OzzyInSA, so you're implying that Satan is in the church? Satan kills church-goers, while they're at church? I'm not big on religion, because it tends to be, what's the word again... illogical. :)

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-19 16:51

    I cannot say I;m surprised given that American Jesus fundies, god and guns go together. They even have special laws permitting the taking of guns into churches (in case god does not protect you from being robbed while worshiping). "....... religious institutions in crime-ridden or "declining neighborhoods" need the added protection to ward off thieves and muggers. The bill also allows a house of worship to hire off-duty police or security guards to protect congregants". Do they not see the irony of this? Religion is truly a mental illness.

      Chris - 2012-02-19 20:03

      No godfrey, there is nothing ironic about this. Where there is crime people and property has the right to be protected. You clearly have no idea who God is or how He works. Pity.

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