The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Friday at Starplex Cinemas in Salina’s Central Mall, police say. The man was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening.
A bill signed last month by Gov. Sam Brownback allows residents in Kansas to carry concealed firearms without a permit or training. What could go wrong, did go wrong.
The man had to be transported to the hospital after shooting himself in the leg.
Witnesses say the incident happened 45 minutes into the movie, KWCH reports.
“At first what popped into my mind was that someone popped a bag of candy or something and goofing off or something,” said Heather Myers, who was inside the theatre at the time of the shooting.
A man sitting three rows behind Heather and her husband Domenic, started yelling out for help.
“This guy started shouting ‘Oh my God, I just shot myself! I just got my concealed and carry,’ and then everybody jumped up and that’s when we heard ‘call 9-11,’” she recalled.
Salina police say the man accidentally shot himself once in the leg.
“You could feel the concussion of the shot,” Domenic said. “I mean you know being in a movie theatre it’s a surreal situation, and I don’t believe anybody really expects it to be a gunshot.”
“As soon as it registered and I realized it was a gun, it scared me,” Heather said.
It’s OK Heather, because the NRA will tell you that ‘guns don’t kill people.’
Even after the shooting, the couple said they support the state’s current law which Brownback signed into law and went into effect on July 1st.
“I believe in protecting yourself, but it is scary knowing they’re in public places,” Heather said. “I feel absolutely terrible for the gentleman that shot himself, but the first thing I thought of was thank God he didn’t shoot anybody else.”
A reporter from KWCH went to the theatre and saw that there were no signs posted forbidding firearms, however, the mall where it’s located had signs on the doors disallowing guns from being taken inside.
There were no other injuries during the incident. I know it’s wrong that I’m laughing at this man’s unfortunate but easily preventable shooting, but I do wrong things sometimes.