Man arrested after small child finds his gun at Memphis church and fires it, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested after a child found his gun at a Memphis church and fired it.

According to a police affidavit, Giovanni Dallas, 26, left his gun by the bleachers in the gym of the World Overcomers Church in Hickory Hill around 1 p.m. Saturday.

A small child told his father that he was getting a basketball when he saw the gun under the bleachers and picked it up, according to investigators.

Police said the gun then accidentally went off.

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Dallas said he did not mean any harm by bringing the gun to the gym. However, he did not have a permit to carry a handgun.

No one was injured as a result of the incident, police said.

Dallas is facing the following charges after the incident: possession of a prohibited weapon, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon.