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. rbalfelor

    If you need to carry a gun to feel safe you are a coward. More guns more problems...FACT

    August 16, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. faboge

    Oh, yes... a gun.... never leave home without it!

    August 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Delmar Knudson

    I bought my first gun when I was 12 years old (the folks wouldn't let us have BB guns, since they kids were often inexperienced enough that they might point them at someone). We kept a gun (rifle) in the shop, a gun in house (shotgun), a rifle on the tractor (for shooting gophers and such). We never pointed them at a person. We would road hunt with a gun in the car, but not with a chambered round. We put the gun under a fence, then climbed the fence a short distance away and near the stock end, not the barrel end. It should probably be requirements that one have a little useful training with a gun and be reasonably intelligent, before owning a gun. It is not something for the mentally challenged.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I find your statement curious, since guns and the mentally challenged go together so well.

      August 17, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fossilhund

    D'oh!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan Crocker

    Must have been a cheap gun to 'go off' when dropped.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Draka

    Something fishy -why have we not heard the make of the weapon ?

    August 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USAFrank

    People of the United States of America,
    Yes, unfortunately there are dumb-asses among legal gun owners.
    Dummy, next time don’t keep one in the chamber or put the safety on or buy a Glock.

    August 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim in PA

    I'm a little surprised that a redneck would keep a gun in his pocket. I thought they stuck them in their boot.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kate

    maybe he was carrying a gun so he could stop the next mass murder in a theater...

    August 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gin

    Let me get this straight. He is a veteran? Shouldn't he have had gun training at some point in his military career? The stoopid -- it hurts

    August 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      He's 56 y.o. He could qualify for VA care based on very little time in service. So any (if he had any) weapons training could have been well over 30 years ago. And, many people in the military don't get weapons training at all – their particular specialties don't require it.

      August 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Oksana Harris

    Okay, beyond the obvious lesson-learning and entertainment value of this incident, it's really concerning. Luckily this idiot's gun shot HIM in the ass. What if it would've shot and injured or god forbid killed somebody else upon "falling out of his pocket" and "going off when hitting the floor"??? Can you imagine how ludicrous that situation would be? There's still an issue here. I am NOT okay with any old fool being able to carry a weapon (permit notwithstanding) only for it to fall out of his ass and go off in a random direction. He SHOULD be prosecuted for this. It could've KILLED someone!!!!!! This is outrageous!!!!!!

    August 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scruffy1

    Keep passingout those guns.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bryce

    The first thing that the left winged socialists want to do is take away the right to bear arms from law abiding citizens because of some dumbnut putting a gun in his pocket. The first think an oppressive tyrannical government does to insure complete takeover of a country is to take firearms away from the citizenry. Study past history and learn from their mistakes. Throughout history dictatorial goverments have been successful in their takeover by disarming its people, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro and the list continues. Our Founding Fathers were wise in understanding this and that is why they made the right to bear arms the Second Amendment. I am a former military veteran and retired LEO who grew up around firearms of all kinds and calibers and was instilled by my father and uncles to respect and know everything there was to know about firearms. Research what's going on in Austraila where the leftist politicians passed laws requiring law abiding citizens to surrender their weapons. Crime is soaring and home invasions are skyrocketing. Mexico has strict gun control laws imposed on their law abiding citizens and look at what's going on in that country. Guns don't kill people.....people do!!! "We the People" will not surrender or allow government to disarm us...........

    August 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kha noon

    Can't fix stupid!!!

    August 24, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Wallace

    If all law abiding citizens carried guns there would be more dead criminals instead of innocent victims. Old Tom Jefferson knew it.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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