A 4-year-old boy walked into a bathroom stall and found a loaded handgun after a church service in Holly Ridge on Sunday, Holly Ridge Police Chief John Maiorano said.
The man, Claude Lee Haynes III, 70, received a ticket for child endangerment.
Haynes is accused of leaving an Equinox .380 pistol in a stall after a service of Lifewalk Church in Holly Ridge Community Center at 404 Sound Road.
Maiorano said Haynes is a member of the church.
According to the report some churches are designating that a couple of their members be armed.
You know to keep them safe.