13 Hours, the Michael Bay Benghazi thriller, was playing at the Regal Cinema 14 at The Landing in Washington state. In attendance was a 29-year-old man who had a Xanax and a 22-ounce beer in him.
Although the Xanax had been taken that morning for anxiety, the beer was consumed just before the movie.
While watching the movie, the young man, identified as Dane Gallion, was carrying his concealed handgun, which head a license to do, because he was afraid of a mass shooting.
From here, accounts of the Renton, Washington theater shooting vary.
According to Gallion, he saw someone fumbling in their waistband and got nervous. He reached toward his own gun when he says it accidentally went off.
A bullet struck 40-year-old Michelle Mallari in the back.
Officers arrived at roughly 8 p.m.
When questioned at the police station, he told authorities a man had been bothering him, but didnâ€™t provide further details. He told them the gun went off accidentally and scared him, so he left. He denied actually handling the gun and police said in their report that they didnâ€™t see any powder burns or injuries on him.
At the time of his arrest, however, he told an officer another patron had reached for his crotch, and he then accidentally fired his gun. He told the officer that he then ran out of the theater because he was afraid others would suspect he was a mass shooter.
Witnesses say Gallion had stood up and was fumbling with a handgun in his waistband before the shot rang out.
Police found a bullet hole in the back of Ms. Mallariâ€™s seat and a 9-mm magazine in a trash can.
Witnesses say that Gallion then fled the theater and had gone to a nearby restaurant.
Fred Granados, sitting in the restaurant, said a man stumbled in and dropped a gun on the floor.
At around 9:40 p.m., Gallionâ€™s father called 911 to report that his distraught son had told him that heâ€™d dropped his gun at a theater and he thought it went off. When officers arrived, thatâ€™s when the arrest took place.
Renton Detective Robert Onishi told reporters, â€œHe told some people heâ€™d taken the gun out because he was concerned about the possibility of mass shootings there. From having talked to him, it seems he didnâ€™t have any intent to shoot anybody.â€
David Allen, Mr. Gallionâ€™s attorney, also told the Seattle Times that his client had no intent to shoot anyone, and called the incident a terrible accident.
Heâ€™s been charged with third-degree assault and has been released after posting $25,000 bail.
Michelle Mallari had the bullet go through her shoulder, but is expected to survive.
The judge ordered Gallion to surrender any firearms that he owns. Heâ€™s also been barred from using alcohol or other controlled substances because of a previous DUI conviction.
He is due back in court on Tuesday.