Accidental shooting wounds Chili's patron in Melbourne | floridatoday.com | FLORIDA TODAY
First, one more example of the news not getting basic facts right (something to remember when we are trying to determine exactly what happened from a news story). They initially reported this as the wrong town.Accidental shooting wounds Chili's patron in Viera
FLORIDA TODAY • April 12, 2008
Criminal charges are pending against a man whose gun apparently discharged inside a Chili's restaurant in Viera late Friday night, injuring the man's friend.
Police were called to the restaurant at 955 Wickham Road just after 11:30 p.m. Friday.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the lower leg in a dining area of the restaurant. Police determined the shooting was accidental, and the person holding the firearm, Richard Philipoff, was a friend of the victim. No age nor address was provided by police for Philipoff.
Police said Philipoff initially left the restaurant reportedly in fear of being arrested. Officers were able to contact him and he returned. Officers said he was cooperative and upset. The firearm was described as a .45-caliber Glock Model 30.
While the shooting appears accidental, police said criminal charges are being reviewed with the State Attorney's Office. Possible charges include possession, improper display/handling and culpable negligence.
The victim of the shooting was not identified, but was reportedly stable and alert and was transported from the scene for evaluation, police said.
My daughter was serving. It was her table, an 8-top. She was at the next table over, maybe 4 or 5 feet away, when she heard the gunshot (a sound she knows well from our trips to the range ).
The dude with the Glock (they presumably did get that right; a cop described it to my daughter as a 'mini-Glock') was drinking, although not heavily (at Chili's anyway-she doesn't know if he had anything to drink before he arrived at the restaurant).
They had been there nearly 2 hours when he pulled out his piece to 'show' it to one of the friends at the table when he dropped it. He grabbed for it, and, guess what -- pulled the trigger--and the pistol discharged. The round hit Mr. Pistolero's friend in the leg, passed through his leg, ricocheted off the floor, went down the long walkway at the front of Chili’s, passed through the container that holds menus at the front of the restaurant, grazed another server's arm, then hit the wall at the far side of the restaurant, where it fell to the ground. At which point Mr. Genius yelled, “Oh, edited by moderator! My gun went off.”
The wounded friend shouted, “Oh,edited by moderator” then staggered away from the table, bleeding all over the place, and then collapsed to the floor about 10-15 feet away.
Most of the sheeple never moved. They turned their heads toward the sound; many thought it was just a balloon being popped. (My daughter said her immediate thought was ‘gunshot,’ then, ‘no, it must be a balloon.’ Then she realized that it had to be a gun going off.)
The ‘man with a gun’ immediately got up and started to leave, when my daughter confronted him and told him to sit his edited by moderator down (she gets her mouth from her mother ) because she could identify him. He kept running. She dialed 911, yelled for someone to stop him (she said she wasn’t going to stop him – he had a gun).
The shooter’s friends all started to leave, leaving their wounded friend lying in the floor of Chili’s. They claimed they didn’t know the guy’s name. Some ended up leaving, but the shooter’s GF stayed. She eventually called him (I think after the officers told them they could go to jail for not giving him up), let LE talk to him, and LE talked him into coming back to the store.
My daughter was initially pretty shaken. She didn't know if the shot was intentional and if there could be more. Once she knew it was an 'accident,' she was much calmer. Another server was right behind the shooter when the gun was discharged. The server who was grazed by the round has a burn and a bruise, and a great story to tell.
So, just another boring night around our house.