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Woman, 20, dies after freak Fla. church shooting

Feb 18, 2012, 11:58 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida pastor’s daughter who was accidentally shot in the head in a church died Saturday at a hospital.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.

Kelley had been hospitalized since Feb. 12, when she was struck in the head by a bullet at Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg, where her father Tim Kelley is pastor.

Investigators have said Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. The St. Petersburg Times reports (
http://bit.ly/w9KoLn) that the other church member, Dustin Bueller, was Hannah Kelley’s fiancee.

Zambrana reportedly removed the magazine from the Ruger 9mm weapon but did not know that a round was still in the chamber. The gun went off, firing a bullet through a wall. Kelley was struck in the head.

The sheriff’s office says detectives are still investigating the shooting. No charges have been filed.

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