26 Jan 2016

Man who says he feared mass shootings accidentally shoots stranger in movie theater, police say

Police say the man suspected of accidentally shooting a stranger at a Renton movie theater told them he carried a firearm because he feared mass shootings.

Dane Gallion, 29, told officers he took the gun to Regal Cinemas 14 at the Landing on Thursday night because he was “concerned about recent mass shootings in public places,” according to a police account in a probable-cause statement released Saturday.

That same anxiety prompted him to keep the gun unholstered in his waistband, the statement says.

The shooting victim, a woman who was wounded in the shoulder, was in stable condition Saturday, according to a nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. 

Gallion had his first court appearance Saturday. The prosecutor said the state was considering third-degree assault charges, and requested $35,000 bail.

Gallion’s attorney, David Allen, asked for $10,000 bail, arguing that Gallion, who is the son of a retired Air Force colonel, married and working toward a master’s degree at the University of Washington, has “very strong ties to the community” and no criminal record.

“We’ll make sure he stays at home,” Allen said. “He’ll be closely monitored by his family.”

Bail was set at $25,000, and Gallion was ordered to surrender all firearms to a family member and to stay away from alcohol and controlled substances. He will have a second appearance Tuesday at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

In an interview, Gallion’s attorney said the incident had been “a terrible accident,” and there was “no intent involved.”

According to the police account, Gallion gave inconsistent descriptions of how his firearm discharged while at “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

His father, Donald Gallion, had called the King County sheriff’s dispatch to say his son had returned home extremely upset, claiming the gun had fallen out of his pocket and gone off, police said.

Dane Gallion later told the arresting officer that another moviegoer reached for his crotch and that’s when he accidentally fired the gun, according to the probable-cause statement. Gallion said he fled the theater immediately because he didn’t want to be taken for a mass shooter.

Finally, at the Renton police station, he told another officer that a man had been bothering him, but declined to go into the details, according to the statement. Gallion alleged the gun accidentally went off and scared him, prompting him to leave; he denied having handled the gun. The officer wrote in the report that he didn’t notice any powder burns or injuries to Gallion.

Read More:http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/suspect-in-renton-theater-shooting-says-he-feared-random-attacks/

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