On Monday, a gun concealed in a purse at Starbucks in Cheyenne discharged accidentally, narrowly missing a person’s head. An underage girl reportedly dropped her purse while police were in the coffee shop just before it fired. The girl’s father gave her the weapon for protection.
A Hidden Gun Goes Off in a Purse at Starbucks?
On Monday at the Starbucks coffee shop located at 1112 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a shot rang out and startled everyone present. According to an AP report via the Wyoming Tribune, an underage girl was at the cash register and dropped her purse. Once it hit the floor, a shot rang out and narrowly missed a man’s head.
Police in the store at the time heard the shot, drew their weapons, and searched the premises for a shooter. They then approached the young girl who looked startled that her “purse went off.” Police observed a large hole in her purse that concealed the fired gun.
According to the incident report, the round that was fired from the Derringer-style gun missed a man’s head by one-foot, bounced off a wall to the east and ricocheted off another wall to the west before rolling underneath a counter. Thankfully, no one was hurt from the accident.
Hidden Gun Goes off at Starbucks: Girl’s Father Gave it to Her for Protection
Because the girl is a minor, her name has not been released. However, authorities at the Cheyenne Starbucks said the gun in the purse that accidentally fired was given to the girl by her father. While the child’s mother does not condone weapons of any type, the father said she needs it for protection as she travels.
“I think my purse went off!” ~ Statement from underage girl who carried the concealed weapon
Because the girl is a minor, several laws were broken: Because the city requires anyone to be at least 18 to carry a gun in city limits, she was cited. She also is in violation of the State’s law that says only a person 21 or older can carry a concealed firearm.
As a result, the girl was cited and is required to appear in juvenile court.
What are your thoughts? While no one was injured from the gun in the purse at Starbucks that fired, it is a serious offense. Are we now arming our children? This underscores the importance of gun safety, training, and parental responsibility. Should the parents be cited as well?
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