Woman injured in restaurant after customer accidentally fires a gun

An 80-year-old woman who was accidentally shot while eating dinner at an Oak Harbor restaurant Friday night is recovering, according to police.

The 57-year-old Coupeville man who inadvertently discharged the gun in the crowded restaurant was arrested, booked and released; prosecutors will decide whether to charge him with a crime.

Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker explained that the man, who has a concealed license permit, was armed with a .40-caliber handgun at Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway. The gun owner removed the weapon, placed it on his chair and covered it with a napkin when he momentarily stood up.

The man was placing the gun back in his holster when it fired, Dresker said. The bullet went through the tablecloth and struck the woman, who was seated at another table.

The bullet went through her shoulder and exited from her chest area.

The woman didn’t initially realize she had been hit.

“Another guest saw a small amount of blood on the woman and said, “I think you’ve been shot,’” Dresker said. “She said she didn’t think so but that her back hurt.”

The chief explained that people sometimes don’t feel an injury right away because of shock. He said everyone in the restaurant was understandably startled by the gun going off in the confined space, and it may have taken time to process what had happened.

The woman was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, but the bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, according to the police.

The man who discharged the gun was very distraught and cooperative with police. There was no reason to believe the shooting was anything but unintentional, Dresker stressed.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

More in News

Ex-county inmate sues over jail fall

An inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is suing Island County over… Continue reading

Wanted man sentenced for assault, resisting arrest

A Clinton man who assaulted a woman and teenage girl and wrestled… Continue reading

MLK event emphasizes dreams, unity

While Pastor Fannie Dean thinks it’s important to remember and acknowledge the… Continue reading

Uber returns to the road in Oak Harbor

After an absence of more than three months, Uber is back in… Continue reading

Man repeatedly violated court order, police say

A 37-year-old Clinton man is being held in jail on $35,000 bail… Continue reading

Driver who allegedly knocked out power, cell service charged

An Anacortes man is accused of fleeing from the scene of a… Continue reading

FEMA threat draws county rebuke

Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal… Continue reading

Woman injured in restaurant after customer accidentally fires a gun

An 80-year-old woman who was accidentally shot while eating dinner at an… Continue reading

Officer injured in DUI suspect’s getaway attempt

An Oak Harbor police officer was injured and a police car was… Continue reading

Most Read