LOS ANGELES — A woman was shot during a screening of Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” in a Washington state movie theater on Thursday night.
Police have arrested the suspect who admitted to accidentally shooting and injuring a woman sitting in front of him in the Regal Cinemas at The Landing in Renton, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities were called around 8 p.m. after a man, who seemed to be intoxicated, fumbled with a gun and fired a shot about 20 minutes into the film. Police evacuated the theater where the shooting took place, but not the entire cineplex because the gunman had left by the time they arrived.
The 29-year-old returned home after the shooting and called 911 around 9.40 p.m, claiming he had dropped his gun and it fired when it fell to the ground, according to the AP and local station KIRO7. The man reportedly said he had been drinking before the shooting, which was accidental.
The woman’s condition was upgraded from critical to serious, the AP reports, but she is expected to recover. She’s being treated for the wound to her shoulder at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Police believe the suspect and victim did not know each other.