Police: 10-year-old shoots grandma with gun found in Pennsylvania church

The Associated Press

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A 10-year-old accidentally shot his grandmother after getting a gun in a western Pennsylvania church, police said.

According to authorities, the boy obtained the weapon after breaking into a lockbox inside the Solid Rock Ministry Church on Thursday night.

Police said the child began firing the weapon outside the church while people were inside.

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“I don’t think he realized the severity of what he had in his hand and the grandmother was going out to stop him as he was shooting into the church building and that’s whenever she got shot,” Uniontown City Police Lt. Tom Kolencik told WTAE-TV.

The grandmother was shot twice and police said she was expected to survive.

No one else was injured.

Authorities were expected to file charges against the child.