Man fires gun inside Albany Walmart

Published: Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM EDT
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Just  a few hours after a bomb threat was phoned in to the East Albany prompting an evacuation,  customers got another scare when a gun discharged inside the store.

"It was a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, it turned out not to be," said APD Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

A police report says 37-year-old Chris Garcia was carrying a loaded Springfield Armory XD 9 mm when another customer asked to see the gun.

He pulled it out of his holster in the sporting goods section and when he tried to clear the gun it went off

"It was considered an accident, but we want to stress if you carry your weapon, that you utilize all safety precautions," said Banks.

Garcia did have a permit to carry a gun. He was issued a citation for discharging a firearm within city limits.

Customers we talked to say they're ok with people being allowed to carry guns, but if you do, be careful with them.

"Sometimes there are kids in Walmart and other people who are afraid of guns. I think he should have been very careful," said Tammy Harris.

Albany Police remind folks of the firearms training class they have available to teach people how to use a firearm properly.

Police made Garcia unload his weapon and was given back his gun.

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