5 things to know about Renton movie theater shooting

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RENTON, Wash. - A man who allegedly shot a woman inside a Renton movie theater is out of jail following his first court appearance on Saturday. 

The man was fumbling with a handgun when it went off and a bullet struck the woman in front of him on Thursday night, police say.

On Saturday, 40-year-old Michelle Mallari, the woman shot, was said to be in satisfactory condition.

The alleged shooter, Dane Gallion, was booked into King County jail on Thursday night. He appeared in court on Saturday. 

Bail was set at $25,000. 

Here’s the five things you should know about how the incident unfolded.

The man left the movie theater, leading police on a search for him until his arrest.

Crews responded to reports of a shooting at the Regal Cinema at The Landing at 900 North 10th Place after 8 p.m.

Witnesses told police the gunman, 29, appeared to be drunk while watching the movie “13 Hours.”

They say the man stood up and was fumbling with a pistol in his waistband when the gun fired and the bullet hit the woman in front of him.

>> See photos from the scene here 

Police said a woman was found inside the theater. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
 
The man then left and, according to a witness, went to a nearby restaurant where he stumbled and dropped his gun.
 
The man stumbled into a nearby restaurant after the shooting, then went back onto the street.
 
"(I was) sitting in the restaurant, guy stumbles in, drops a gun on the floor, looks like a .45 semiautomatic pistol. He starts walking to the bathroom and I get up to tell the management, ‘Hey, some guy just dropped a gun. A real gun,” said witness Fred Granados.

>> RAW VIDEO: Man says he saw suspect drop gun after theater shooting

Police said the suspect's father called 911 at 9:41 p.m. to report that his son was distraught and had told him he dropped his gun at the theater and it discharged.

The suspect was booked into the King County jail on charges of Investigation of felony assault.

Police are not naming the suspect until charges are formally filed, which is anticipated to be Monday.  The suspect had a valid concealed weapons permit.

Friends told KIRO 7 the woman was shot in the shoulder and luckily the bullet missed her major arteries.

HMC identified the victim as Michelle Mallari from South Seattle. She is in serious condition on Friday. 

"Our family and friends are grateful for the outpouring of support and concern for Michelle. Our main priority right now is to focus on Michelle's health and well being. At this time we have no comment about the shooting. We are confident that the investigation is in good hands with the Renton Police Department. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time as we navigate Michelle's recovery," her family said in a statement to KIRO 7 News.

>> RAW VIDEO: Moviegoer says he helped victim shot in theater

She was losing blood and was barely conscious before Medic One took her to Harborviw.

Mallari's injuries are non-life threatening. 

Renton moviegoers upset they weren’t evacuated after shooting.

People watching movie in adjacent theaters said they weren't evacuated and walked out of their movies to find a pool of blood and what appeared to be a crime scene in the lobby.

They said the Regal staff didn't tell them anything about what had happened.

“There's blood on the ground, looked like there was some bandages or something. Everyone looked kind of dazed, like the staff. They didn’t say anything to me,” said moviegoer James Baker.

KIRO 7 asked Renton police why the whole theater wasn’t immediately evacuated after the shooting. Officers said that they didn't evacuate because the gunman was already gone.

“Anything would have been better than what I just witnessed in that lobby,” moviegoer Aaron Hallman said Thursday night.  I have no idea what's going on. I have no idea what happened."

Security precautions were put into place at the theater.

Last year, Regal Cinemas started checking bags of moviegoers before entering the building after the Louisiana theater shooting.

Witnesses at Thursday’s shooting said the gunman had a pistol in his waistband.


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