Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 20 April |

Man accidentally fires gun during Easter Vigil at Pennsylvania cathedral

The Deacon's Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/06/15

From The New York Daily News:

A male attendee of the Easter Vigil mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona brought a loaded handgun to the service and accidentally set it off just before the closing hymn, The Altoona Mirror reported.

The firearm’s safety lock was apparently not on and the unidentified man’s pants seemed to have activated the gun when the man stood up in the pew of the Roman Catholic church, Altoona police officer Christy Heck told the newspaper.

The man in the central Pennsylvania town was “beyond lucky” to escape with only slight injuries after the bullet grazed him and dug into the floor, Heck said, according to the newspaper.

Law enforcement officials have yet to file any charges in the incident related to the man’s legally carried handgun, but officials in the Altoona Police Department and the Blair County District Attorney’s office are investigating the matter, the newspaper reported.

The man carrying the handgun went to an area hospital to receive treatment for his minor wound and other church attendees comforted each other following the disturbing accident, according to WTAE-TV.

“I immediately took a step back and was about to take cover,” Jason Wagler, who went to the mass with his fiancée, told the TV station. “You never know if you’re safe anymore in this world. It’s a shame to know you can’t go into church without having something like this happen.”

Read it all.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
EUCHARIST
Philip Kosloski
5 Fascinating facts about Jesus in the Eucharist
3
MASS
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
6
OSORNO
Brett Salkeld
How to vaccinate like a Catholic
7
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
The lasting lesson from the late Prince Philip
See More