Man tells authorities he accidentally fired a bullet into another audience member
A woman was accidentally shot during a screening of Michael Bay‘s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” in a Washington state movie theater on Thursday.
According to the police report, authorities arrested a 29-year-old man “who entered one of the theaters and was fumbling with a handgun he had in his possession when it went off, striking another patron seated in front of him.”
Investigators said that the two parties didn’t know each other, but the man seemed to be intoxicated as he fumbled with a gun at the Renton Regal Cinemas.
The police report says that at about 9:41 p.m., a father called 911 and said that his son “was distraught and had told him he dropped his gun at a Renton Landing theater and it had discharged.” Authorities were able to confirm that he was the suspect.
A spokesperson for the Harborview Medical Center told the Associated Press that the woman’s condition is no longer critical and is expected to recover. She had a gunshot wound to the torso.
Renton Police Department public information officer David Leibman told TheWrap that the man was able to bring a gun into the theater because “it’s legal in Washington to carry a concealed weapon and you are allowed to bring a gun into a business unless the business prohibits it.” Leibman also said that the man’s gun was legally owned and he had a concealed weapon’s permit.
“Alcohol and drugs don’t go together and it’s really hard to tell what he did,” Leibman said when asked how the man could’ve accidentally shot the woman. “It’s pretty hard to do that, but he managed to do it.”