Monday, February 13, 2012

Security guard showing off handgun unintentionally shoots pastor's daughter in the head

48-year-old Moises Zambrana of St. Petersburg, Florida is a licensed security guard with a valid permit to carry a loaded, concealed handgun in public. He also works on the sound board during services at the Grace Connection Church.
Sunday he was in a small closet showing his handgun to two young men, ages 19 and 20, who were interested in buying a gun. Zambrana was explaining the safety features of the Ruger 9mm handgun and removed the weapon's magazine. He was unaware there was still a round in the chamber. He pulled the trigger, unintentionally discharging the weapon, sending a bullet through the closet wall.
The bullet struck 20-year-old Hannah Kelley in the head. Hannah is the pastor's daughter. She was rushed to the hospital where she underwent surgery. She is listed in critical condition. "There's a big level of concern 'cause she may or may not survive," said a member of the congregation. "But we're all praying for her and, right now, I guess that's the best we can do."
Police are investigating the incident and no charges have been filed.

UPDATE: Hannah Kelley died six days after being shot in the head. In a statement to the press Hannah's family said, "The family has forgiven Mr. Zambrana and would ask that others treat him with love and grace. The family would encourage mothers and fathers everywhere to hug their children a little tighter as you never know when it will be your last opportunity."

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