Police: Man accidentally shot himself while sitting in church, tried to act like he was fine


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ALTOONA, Pa. — A man was hospitalized Saturday after he allegedly shot himself in the hand while attending church, police said.

The man was sitting in an evening service at a church in Altoona, Pa., when he stood up. Worshippers heard a gunshot, and witness Jason Wagler said he saw a man pass a handgun to another man and try to act like everything was fine, WTAE reported. Wagler managed to snap several photos of the weapon to back up his account, the station said.

Police later determined that a man was legally carrying the handgun in his pocket with the safety off. As he stood up, the trigger became tangled in his pants, firing the weapon.

The man was briefly hospitalized with a hand injury, police said. His name was not released.

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