Man accidentally shoots himself in leg when gun goes off in theater

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A Salina theater was evacuated after a man apparently shot himself in the leg with his concealed handgun.

The Salina Journal reports the theater was evacuated Friday after the handgun went off in the man’s pocket, hitting him in the upper leg.

Tim Coleman says he was sitting nearby when he heard a pop, smelled gunpowder and the man said “Oh my God! I shot myself.”

Coleman, an Army mechanic now with the Kansas National Guard, says first he checked to make sure his 14-year-old daughter and her friends were safe. He says people evacuated calmly, and several people called 911.

Coleman fixed a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and made sure the weapon was secured.

Police say no charges have been filed, and the man’s injuries weren’t life-threatening.

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