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. Bart

    Thank God he was packing. What if someone came into the theater and started shooting everyone in that dark room? He could have saved everyone (sarcasm added).

    August 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ymir

      Well, people are afraid these days. Can you blame them?

      August 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vidia

    Someone needs to tell Queen Clarion. Need better quality control before fairies to this stuff to the mainland...

    August 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ira Radnick

    I am a responsible citizen who carries a concealed handgun legally anywhere I go (unless I enter a location where weapons are outlawed). I despise folks who go out and get a handgun and license, then do stupid things like this guy did. It gives us all a black eye. The fool ought to donate his handgun to someone who will take his/her responsibilities seriously.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ymir

      I agree. You really have to know your weapon. I always spend some time getting familiar with every aspect of a gun when I purchase a new one. Get to know every safety feature and dry fire practice before one live round or loaded magazine enters it.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • gunsr4cowards

      No one ever really needs to carry a handgun at all. Stupidity.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mj2280

    @David Ortiz: "Yea, disarm all of America so criminals could just have an easier time. Hell why do we even need police officers? All people are good, and will always do the right thing."

    You might have a point if there was ANY statistical evidence that handgun ownership decreases crime... And since a very large portion of gun related crimes occur with STOLEN legal handguns, then no criminals would probably not have an easier time if guns were better regulated (Stolzenburg & D'Alessio, 2000; Zawitz, 1995). Our problem is that ignorant people make too many policies without looking for research based evidence.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Ortiz

      You might also have a point... if guns were banned one or two hundred years ago... But they didn't, and now we probably have more guns than people in America. New ones are being made as we speak. Criminals are armed and we cannot rely on just the police to protect our loved ones. I guess one way to test this is to let people open carry and see if the crime rates decreases.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. eicarr

    That's it! I'll now welcome gun detectors wherever I go. Sad, but these small endowed losers don't need to be in the same building as me with a gun.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      I agree. A friend's husband was killed several years ago while checking out in the grocery store. Seems the fellow in front of him was accidentally charged for a couple of items belonging to my friend's husband. The first fellow flew into a rage & within a minute or two, pulled out a gun and shot him. THAT is what scares me – that we have so many people in this country who are so angry and so quick to fly off the handle. When someone like that has a gun – tragedy is going to result.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NB

    Dear Mr. 56-year-old Sparks resident, handguns should always be carried in a holster. That's why holsters exist.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. adam

    Guns dont accidentally discharge. His keys or something pulled the trigger.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Knight

      Really? NRA would disagree with you.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Guns don't accidentally discharge. People accidentally discharge them.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jk

    This is why we need an armed citizenry. It's much more efficient for people to shoot themselves than to be shot by others.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      jk – And, I thought I got a good belly laugh from the article. YOU BROUGHT ME TO MY KNEES!!!

      August 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ymir

    When ever a gun is loaded whether you are carrying it or just keeping it by your bedside. You need to go ever every scenario and every aspect of proper handling. One needs to know the proper function inside and out, And, definitely nothing should be in contact with the weapon whether it is in an inside the waistband holster or pocket. You never put your gun with keys or coins or loose in a bag or anything like that at all. Purely independent and secure.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Knight

    He is lucky it was in his back pocket. What if had it in his front pocket? LOL!!! Stupid guy deserved it.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lal

    All those comments wishing audience members were armed at the Aurora shootings as if a shootout was even plausible in a dark theater. Imagine if these kind of wanna be bimbos were carrying guns day in day out all over the country, we'd have much more to worry about.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ymir

      People already are carrying. It is already happening, like it or not. Some are carrying legally and others not.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. winchester74

    If only the other moviegoers had been carrying weapons they could have returned fire and everything would have been wonderful .... right ???

    August 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Guy Fawkes

    Sometimes carrying a loaded gun in your back pocket will sneak up and shoot you in the ass.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cynical Vet

    Ahhhh, this reeks of the ole Mexican carry!! Too much TV and movies to the point where dim people think they can just stuff the firearm in their pants. Such people shouldn't be allowed to have guns or permits. I have guns AND a concealed carry permit and the one important thing you DO want is a holster that covers the trigger!!

    August 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
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