Monday, February 20, 2012

Woman, 20, dies after freak Fla. church shooting

The following story is incredibly sad, tragic and so avoidable - guns and church do not mix. You have to wonder, what possessed these men to gun shop in church as if they were at some firing range. 

Why bring a gun to church in the first part?

Church is supposed to provide a safe spiritual refuge from the far too often crazy, violent and dog-eat-dog world we live in. Playing with guns in church seems to represent the antithesis of Christianity. 

But what do I know. To some NRA members and Second Amendment advocates, guns are their religion. 

Last, reading the story, I could not help but think of President Obama's comment: Bitter people clinging to their guns and religion.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida pastor's daughter who was accidentally shot in the head in a church died Saturday at a hospital.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.
Kelley had been hospitalized since Feb. 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 fiancĂ©e.
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.


  1. I dispise guns with a passion,I dispise gun nuts even more!

  2. No charges have been filed? Trying to pawn a gun in church?...can only smh

  3. @Bigmac...I share your sentiment. As a kid, I was a witness on how the reckless handling of a firearm - in reach of a kid - almost created a fatal accident.

  4. @Namg...can you believe the signal this sends if no charges are filed? At the very least reckless handling of a lethal weapon should be charged. And if only Extreme Stupidity were a crime...