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No one hurt as gun goes off in Surprise restaurant
A small caliber handgun similar in size to this one, discharged inside a Surprise restaurant Monday. No one was hurt but the gun's owner, who was carrying the weapon, faces charges.

SURPRISE, Ariz. – A Goodyear man faces charges following an incident at a local restaurant in which his weapon accidentally discharged inside the building throwing a scare into customers.

The incident, around 7:45 a.m. March 4 at Paradise Bakery, 13959 W. Bell Road, caused no injuries, according to police.

The man’s name and age were not immediately released.

Witnesses said the gun went off after it fell out of the man’s pocket while he was sitting a table with several other patrons.

“There was a lot of talking and then all of a sudden, boom,” recalled Ed Christy, who was sitting a table a few feet away from where the weapon went off.

“Somebody said there was a gunshot,” Mr. Christy added.

“We all ducked,” said Frank Dias, another patron sitting at Mr. Christy’s table.

“I had no clue what was happening,” said Mr. Christy. “But the guys at (my) table spotted the gun on the ground.”

As the owner picked up the weapon, several patrons called police and notified management, who said the restaurant has no policy regarding private individuals carrying weapons.

Moments later police arrived and began interviewing witnesses as well as the weapons owner, witnesses said.

Sgt. Mike Donovan said the weapon owner was later arrested.

“At some point a 25.-caliber handgun he was carrying on his person fell to the ground and discharged a single round inside the restaurant. No one was injured, the bullet could not be located,” Mr. Donovan stated in an e-mail. “The subject was charged with three counts of endangerment and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits,” the sergeant continued.

Police had no other information, and the matter remains under investigation.

News editor Jeff Grant can be reached at jgrant@newszap.com or 623-445-2805.

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