GREENEVILLE, TN (AP) - A Hawkins County woman has been shot in the face in what the Greene County sheriff calls a "freak accident."

The Greeneville Sun reports ( ) the shooting occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday at an estate auction taking place near the county line.

Sheriff Pat Hankins says the auction company was preparing to sell a .22-caliber rifle. 

Hankins says a man in the crowd wanted to take a closer look at the gun and, as he took it, the weapon went off. A bullet from the gun struck a 63-year-old Surgoinsville woman in the face.

Hankins says the woman was transported to a hospital, where she was recovering.

Hankins says he wasn't sure if charges will be filed. He says the incident is still under investigation.


Information from: The Greeneville Sun,

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