WA Moviegoer Carries Gun Because He Fears Mass Shootings, Wounds Woman


Police say the man suspected of accidentally shooting a stranger at a Renton, Wa., movie theater told them he carried a firearm because he feared mass shootings, the Seattle Times reports. Dane Gallion, 29, told officers he took the gun to the theater last Thursday night because he was “concerned about recent mass shootings in public places.” That same anxiety prompted him to keep the gun unholstered in his waistband, he said. The victim, a woman who was wounded in the shoulder, was in stable condition in a hospital.

Bail was set at $25,000. Gallion is the son of a retired Air Force colonel, married and working toward a master's degree at the University of Washington. Allen called the episode “a terrible accident,” and said there was “no intent involved.” Police said Gallion gave inconsistent descriptions of how his firearm discharged while at “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” At one point, he said another moviegoer reached for his crotch and that's when he accidentally fired the gun.

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