Pastor's Daughter, Shot Accidentally at St. Pete Church, Dies
Hannah Kelley suffered a wound to the head on Feb. 12, when a church member's gun discharged.
A 20-year-old gunshot victim died today, nearly a week after she was accidentially shot in the head at Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg, where her father served as pastor.
Hannah Kelley died at about 10:30 a.m., at Bayfront Medical Center, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Three men were inspecting a gun last Sunday inside a church closet when the it discharged. The bullet went through the closet wall and hit Kelley in the head, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The pastor of the church, Tim Kelley, is Hannah's father.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, several members of the congregation were gathered in the Church's rec room after church service, at around 12:30 p.m. Dustin Bueller, 20, approached 48-year-old Moises Zambrana and said that he would soon be turning 21 and was interested in purchasing a gun for himself.
Zambrana agreed to show Bueller his firearm, a Reuger 9mm.
Zambrana, Bueller and 19-year-old John Penu stepped into a small closet, adjacent to the rec room, where Zambrana proceeded to show the men the weapon, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said Zambrana was explaining the weapon's safety features and had removed the magazine, when the gun fired. The bullet went through the closet wall, striking Kelley in the head.
Deputies say Zambrana has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
No charges have been filed.
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are still investigating the incident, which is now classified as a death investigation.
The church is located at 4017 56th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.