PROVO — A gun by accident went off inside a church on Sunday, sending a bullet into a classroom with youngsters, in accordance with police, who famous that luckily, nobody was injured.
The incident happened about 2 p.m. at a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 345 E. Foothill Drive, Provo. A seventy four-yr-previous man was between the double-glass doors at the church’s entrance when a .22-caliber revolver that he was carrying unholstered in his backpack went off, Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King stated.
Police say for an unknown cause, the hammer of the gun caught on something within the backpack, causing the gun to fireside one round. The shot traveled horizontally at floor degree by way of the wall and into an adjoining classroom where a gaggle of teenagers have been having class, King stated.
It was not immediately recognized if the backpack was being held low to the bottom or if the person dropped it, she stated.
The person did have a allow for the weapon. No arrests have been made, and the Provo metropolis lawyer was reviewing the case, King stated.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, typically referred to as the Mormon church, has a policy that prohibits weapons in meetinghouses.
“We remind members and visitors to our chapels of the church’s policy on firearms: ‘Church buildings are devoted for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and considerations of the world. The carrying of lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, inside their walls is inappropriate except as required by officers of the regulation,'” stated church spokesman Eric Hawkins.
He stated native church leaders are “reinforcing this principle” with members.
“We’re assured that the constructing and its members are protected,” Hawkins stated.
He added that the gun owner had been target capturing the day earlier than and forgot concerning the gun in his backpack when he went to church the subsequent day.
The MormonLeaks web site posted an audio recording Sunday that it says is of an “unidentified native chief” talking concerning the capturing to the younger ladies of a ward within the church’s Provo Edgemont North Stake.
“There have been another threats towards different individuals in a special ward, and so there’s a specific degree of precaution that the opposite ward … has taken. As a part of that, it was a mistake because a security got here off a gun and it did discharge,” the person says within the recording.
“We might respect you not spreading that around because then that would incite the difficulty that they’re making an attempt to guard towards by chatter or social media or otherwise,” he stated.
“We might slightly you not submit, ‘Hey a gun went off at present at church.’ That may hit headline news and could even go nationwide and then we’ve really created a state of affairs that may be onerous to regulate.”
Hawkins had no remark concerning the audio or the alleged menace on the different ward.