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Gun goes off inside Rankin Co. church, man arrested

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According to police, Joseph Ray's gun was in his front right pocket and went off as he sat down at Pinelake Church According to police, Joseph Ray's gun was in his front right pocket and went off as he sat down at Pinelake Church
RANKIN COUNTY - FLOWOOD -

Churchgoers got quite a scare at Pinelake Church in Rankin County Sunday morning.

Flowood Police say a man's gun accidentally discharged as he was sitting down.
 "Here in Mississippi, open gun laws. People don't understand that you don't need to bring it in churches and stuff," says church member, Benny Hubbard.

Officers took Joseph Edgar Ray into custody. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun.

According to police, Ray's gun was in his front right pocket and went off as he sat down.

The church released this statement, it read in part, "As always, it is Pinelake Church's highest concern and priority to provide a safe environment for our church family to worship. We are thankful for your prayers and we are thankful for god's grace and protection..."

Flowood Police tells us, the bullet hit concrete and the shell hit a woman in the leg, but barely broke skin.

Ray has been charged with Discharging a Firearm in the City. He will appear in Flowood Municipal Court January 9.

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