A Pennsylvania man responsible for a negligent discharge in a church during a crowded Easter mass two months ago in has been charged by police, the Associated Press reported June 6.
Matthew Crawford, 20, of Altoona has been charged in Blair County with recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and discharging a firearm within city limits.
According to the criminal complaint, Crawford had a permit for the weapon and said the gun discharged accidentally in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on April 4. He reportedly was carrying the gun in his pocket and was grazed by the bullet.
But authorities said the weapon wasn’t in a holster, its four safeties weren’t on, there was a bullet in the chamber and a drop test indicated the gun couldn’t have discharged accidentally.
Crawford’s attorney will likely seek dismissal of the reckless endangerment charge during a July 1 preliminary hearing.