Dane Gallion was so worried about public shootings that police say he committed one.
Last Thursday, Gallion popped a Xanax, ate a pizza and downed a 22-ounce beer. Then the 29-year-old headed to an evening showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Wash.
Despite a Regal Cinema prohibition against firearms, Gallion sneaked his piece into the theater. He was, he later told police, “concerned about recent mass shootings in public places.” So concerned, in fact, that he kept his gun unholstered and tucked into his waistband, according to the Seattle Times.
Fifteen minutes into the movie, Gallion’s gun somehow went off, police say, striking the woman sitting in front of him. Gallion quickly ghosted out of the theater, allegedly discarding his gun’s magazine in a trash can on the way out. It was only when his retired Air Force colonel father learned of the shooting 90 minutes later and called 911 that Gallion finally turned himself in, according to the Times.
Gallion was arrested and charged with third-degree assault. His attorney, David Allen, told the Times that the shooting was “a terrible accident” and that there was “no intent involved.”
Doubts remain about how the shooting occurred, because of inconsistent statements Gallion gave to police.
And the shooting — which left 40-year-old Michelle Mallari in the hospital with a 9mm bullet wound on her back — has once again raised questions about whether concealed weapons do more harm than good.