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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sparks moviegoer shoots himself in buttocks, apologizes, leaves theater

A 56-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks inside the Century 14 movie theaters in downtown Sparks on Tuesday night when a gun he had brought into the cinema discharged, police dispatch said.

No one else was hurt in the theater at 1250 Victorian Ave. when the gun discharged while the unidentified Sparks resident was seeing “The Bourne Legacy,” police said.

Calls reporting shots fired in the theater came in about 8:40 p.m., according to preliminary information.
“Witnesses inside the theater at the time the shot was fired stated that a (man) was adjusting himself in his seat when a gun he had on him discharged,” Sparks police Sgt. Pay Dyer said in statement issued late Tuesday.

The man immediately got up, apologized to those around him and left the theater before police arrived, police said.

He later was found at a Reno hospital where he was being treated for a wound not considered life-threatening.

“The (man) was cooperative with police and admitted that his gun fell out of his pocket and when it hit the floor it discharged,” Dyer said in the police statement.

The man has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, Dyer added.

One caller told police that seven to eight shots were fired in the theater, but police later determined only one shot was involved.

“There was no panic in the theater as only five people heard the shot out of the approximate 30 people in attendance,” police said in an email about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The case will be forwarded to the Sparks City Attorney’s Office for possible charges related to the gun going off, Dyer said in the news release.

The Sparks shooting comes less than a month after a massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. On July 20, 12 were shot to death and 58 others wounded there. Among those killed in the Colorado shooting was 2004 Hug High School graduate Jonathan Blunk.


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