According to a police report released Saturday, Dane Gallion, the man suspected of shooting a stranger at a 13 Hours screening in Renton, Washington, was carrying a firearm because he was afraid of mass shootings. He also gave police three different, contradictory accounts of how the accidental shooting happened.
“He told some people he’d taken the gun out because he was concerned about the possibility of mass shootings there,” Detective Robert Onishi said Saturday. Gallion, 29, who told police he’d taken Xanax and drank a 22-ounce beer before the movie, did not have a legal concealed weapons permit, KOMO News reports.
“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,” Renton Police said in a statement.
Gallion’s victim, Michelle Mallari, 40, is being treated at Harborview Medical Center, and was stable as of Saturday, the Seattle Times reports. (Also: “The movie both went to see was 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a documentary about the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.” It is not a documentary.)
The Times reports that the police were given three different explanations for the shooting:
The suspect’s father, Donald Gallion, had called the police saying that his son had returned home “extremely upset,” claiming that the gun had fallen out of his pocket and gone off.
The suspect then told the arresting officer that another moviegoer reached for his crotch and that’s when he accidentally fired the gun. Gallion said he fled the theater immediately afterwards because he didn’t want to appear as a mass shooter.
Finally, at the police station, he told another officer that a man was bothering him but wouldn’t go into the details. Gallion alleged that the gun accidentally went off and scared him, prompting him to leave; the suspect denied having handled the gun. The officer wrote in the report that he didn’t notice any powder burns or injuries on Gallion.
Gallion was booked Thursday night and was charged with third degree assault. A judge set bail at $25,000. “From having talked to him, it seems he didn’t have any intent to shoot anybody,” Detective Onishi said.
Gallion was booked into the King County jail Thursday night, and now faces a third degree assault charge. He also has one prior conviction for driving under the influence nearly five years ago.
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