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Woman Accidentally Shot at Screening of Benghazi Movie by Drunk Man

Another reason why casual, widespread weapon strapping is a bad idea.

A Washington woman was seriously injured at a screening of "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” by a 29-year-old man who drunkenly fumbled his pistol and discharged it, local affiliate KOMO is reporting. The unidentified woman suffered serious injuries and the man is now in custody after turning himself in.

"There was a gunshot," one witness said, "and we thought it was a light bulb exploding in the theater, so no one really reacted.”

The theater, located in the small central Washinton city of Renton, was playing Michael Bay's political action film '13 Hours' - a controversial film about the Benghazi raid on a US embassy in 2012 that left four Americans dead. 

"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," Renton Police said in a statement, according to KOMP, "striking another patron seated in front of him." 

The shooter's father called police after his "distraught" son came home and confessed to the shooting. The status of the injured woman remains unknown. 


Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst at FAIR and contributing writer for AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter @AdamJohnsonNYC.

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