Where said old man fucked up was, during a demonstration of removing and replacing the magazine in the gun, he ended up loading a bullet into the chamber of the gun.
When someone asked if any of the guests had brought a gun to their church, an unidentified man in his Eighties told the group, "I carry my handgun everywhere", according to a retelling of the incident by Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks as reported by multiple local news outlets. The member re-loaded the weapon and placed it back in his pocket, when another member approached him and asked to have a look at it. Parks said somehow, the trigger was pulled during the time of this second display.
He apparently loaded a round in the chamber and returned the gun to its holster.
As they talked about the November 5 massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, someone reportedly asked if anyone in the group brings a gun to church.
The bullet sliced the palm of his upturned hand, entered the left side of his wife's stomach, and exited the right side.
His wife is in surgery, but is expected to survive.
The couple was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and were treated for minor injures.
The man and woman were listed in stable condition Thursday evening, according to WVLT in Tennessee.
Chief Parks said no charges will be filed.
Parks said due to confusion between the caller who contacted 911 and dispatch, initial reports indicated the two had been shot outside the church, and that an active shooter situation may be in place. "He pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it's not loaded'".