An Arizona man (not Consumerist’s Phil Villareal, in case you were wondering) is under arrest after he discharged a handgun at his local Walmart. And no, he wasn’t robbing the place; he was just nervously fidgeting with his firearm.
The 29-year-old dude walked into the El Mirage, AZ, Walmart around 1 a.m. early Thursday morning, where witnesses say he began to fumble with his holstered semi-automatic pistol.
According to police, an employee in the electronics section notified the store manager because she believed the suspect could be a robber after she saw him remove his gun from the holster.
But it wasn’t until he attemped to pay for a video game at the store’s front register that the armed dude got into real trouble.
He removed the gun from the holster again, causing the magazine to come loose and fall to the floor. [The suspect] re-inserted the magazine and continued manipulating the gun when it fired, sending one round into the ceiling.
No one was hurt and the trigger-happy fella as arrested without incident and booked on six counts of endangerment and firing a weapon within city limits.