An unidentified 40-year-old female moviegoer was shot in the chest Thursday evening at a Renton movie theater in Washington during a showing of the movie ’13 Hours.’
"It got about 15-20 minutes into the film and I believe the lady in front of us that got shot was actually talking to her husband or significant other and that's when we heard the loud pop," one witness, who did not want to be identified and sat three or four rows behind the shooter, recalled of the incident.
"There was a gunshot and we thought it was a light bulb exploding in the theater, so no one really reacted," another witness, who also did not want to be identified, added.
"We saw the lady, she was laying on the bench with a shot in her upper chest," a witness said.
According to KOMO News, Renton fire officials said she was taken to the Harborview Medical Center and was listed under serious condition on Friday morning.
In a statement to the press, Renton police said that they believe the shooter was intoxicated: "Preliminary accounts indicate that an intoxicated suspect entered one of the theaters and was fumbling with a handgun he had in his possession when it went off, striking another patron seated in front of him.”
Police also say that the shooter’s father called 911, telling the dispatcher that “his son was distraught and told him that he dropped his gun at a Renton movie theater and it discharged.”
Police arrested the 29-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, shortly after.
"According to him, he said he dropped the gun and it went off,” David Leibman of the Renton Police Department said. “We have witnesses that say he came into the theater and appeared intoxicated. He went in and took a seat in theater number nine and was fumbling with a pistol when it went off and struck someone sitting in front of him.”
The suspect could face a multitude of charges. No one else was injured.
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