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Gun violence in the US

Indiana man charged after his gun is fired by child inside Ikea store

Francis T. Wright, 62, was charged with one count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 1:21am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 3:15am

An Indiana man accused of dropping a loaded handgun in an Ikea furniture store that was found – and fired – by a child has been charged in the incident.

Francis T. Wright, 62, of Camby, a southeastern suburb of Indianapolis, was charged Wednesday with one count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He faces a July 11 hearing.

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Police say the weapon slipped from Wright’s pants pocket on Monday when he sat on a sofa in the furniture store, located in the town of Fishers, just northeast of Indianapolis.

A 6-year-old boy found the gun and fired it. No one was injured.

Ikea, which is based in Sweden, apologised for the shooting and said its stores have a no-weapons policy.

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Court records do not list a lawyer for Wright. A message seeking comment was left on Thursday at his home.