August 15th, 2012
09:33 PM ET

Police: Moviegoer accidentally shoots himself in the rear

A man carried a gun into a movie theater and accidentally shot himself with it, police in Sparks, Nevada, say.

According to an incident report, police received several calls Tuesday night reporting shots being fired inside the Sparks Century Theater downtown, where "The Bourne Legacy" was playing. Multiple police units and other emergency personnel rushed to the theater, but officers quickly determined that only one shot had been fired.

Witnesses told police the man's gun had gone off when he adjusted his position in his seat. They said he quickly got up, apologized to other patrons sitting near him and left the theater before police arrived.

Officers later found the man at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Reno with a gunshot wound to his buttocks. He told them his gun - for which he had a valid concealed-carry permit - fell out of his pocket and discharged when it hit the floor.

There was no panic in the auditorium, CNN affiliate KRNV reported. Police said only five people out of the 30 in the theater even heard the gun go off.

The 56-year-old Sparks resident, whom police did not name, cooperated with investigators, said police, who added he may be charged later with illegally discharging a firearm.

On July 20, a man opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 58 during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Former graduate student James Holmes, 24, faces charges in that case.

In a suburb of Cleveland, another man was arrested on August 4 after allegedly carrying weapons into a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" there. An attorney for Scott A. Smith said his client was carrying the weapons for self-protection.

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  1. vatoloke

    He felt left out after the movie shooter incident.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    I would like to know what kind of weapon this was? MOST have safety measures built into them to prevent accidental discharge in case they fall. A revolver is my GUESS, as if not carried in a holster you could possibly pull the hammer back on some clothing and then go off if dropped. But again, this is a strech! IF you have a CCW permit then the law should also include a proper holster to carry it!

    August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anne

    That is the problem with weapons, an accident can cause a tragedy, thanks God the bullet didn't hit somebody else there by accident.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. blessings

    Thank God this pistol-packing person didn't kill anyone. Is anyone asking that pistol-packers be required to take firearms training while they wait two or three days before they legally purchase a weapon? You know, like "educating" them before the fact. You know, similar to "educating" women in all the States where it's done for the good of the woman before they get an abortion. What's fair is fair.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Foulwind

    Now I can better imagine the consequences if there were 3 or 4 armed civilians at every movie screening, every day at every theater in every city of every state – just in case another lunatic shows up. The number of "unfortunate incidents" like this would be staggering.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. rdeleys

    The gun advocates keep telling us that we would all be much safer if only everyone carried a gun. That guy put everyone in that theater in danger of being accidentally shot. When it comes to firearms, the problem is that accidents have the potential to wound or kill others. I don't care how much they rant about gun safety, no one can bring the risk of accidents to zero. Forget guns. You don't need one. If you feel you can't live without one, please, go see a psychiatrist.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Be_O_Be

    I thought people shoot people but some how this rouge gun decided to go on a one person shooting spree before it was subdued. Wonder if charges will be filed against the gun.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Boo

    Another stupid American...whatever!

    August 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. cm

    Ok stay armed even in the grocery store people, the idiots are coming out of the closets.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. j

    may be charged later with illegally discharging a firearm. did he do that if it fell out of his pocket?

    August 16, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • coloretaf

      Because as long as he's carrying a firearm he's responsible for it. Accidentally dropping it doesn't absolve him from that responsibility. Even if he didn't have physical control of it when it discharged, it's still his responsibility.

      August 16, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    More propaganda to try to build consensus for the government to take away guns.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Be_O_Be

      You can keep your guns but you should have to carry a sign that reads "Armed & Paranoid". This way the rest of us can know where to sit.

      August 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    This is why concealed carry guns should have manual safeties.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rosslaw

    He might consider taking up archery.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. bz

    I notice a number of posts where people are disagreeing with potential charges against this gun owner, because the nature of the discharge was "accidental". These people should do society a favor and never own a gun. That last thing we need are people walking around with guns thinking that there's nothing wrong with irresponsible behavior.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    There is a God! Ha hahahahahahahah Shot himself in the rear! Ha hahahaha friggin redneck.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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