FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A Flagstaff man accidentally fired his gun inside a crowded McDonald’s into a wall, which ended with debris hitting fellow customers, police said.
The 24-year-old man had the firearm in his waist band, the police report states, and when he leaned against the back wall, the weapon discharged.
Some customers initially thought the sound, which temporarily impaired their hearing, was a firecracker.
One customer reported being hit by the bullet after it ricocheted off the wall and another said she was hit with debris from the wall, neither was seriously hurt.
The gun owner walked out of the Flagstaff McDonald’s to store the gun in his car after the shot.
He said, because “of the recent shooting in Colorado, he did not want people to freak out about him having a gun,” the report states.
The gun owner immediately returned to the restaurant to talk to the manager about what happened.
Detectives interviewed the gun owner at the police department and confiscated his weapon and his pants as evidence since the bullet went through his jeans.
The case, which occurred on July 21, was sent to the Coconino County Attorney’s office to determine if charges should be filed against the gun owner.
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