Child Fires Pistol Found in Couch at IKEA, Gun Owner Charged

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
IKEA in Fishers, Indiana

On 27 June during a visit to a branch of the Swedish furniture store IKEA, a child found a handgun tucked down the cushion of a couch and pulled the trigger. A 6 year old child fired the gun at the IKEA store in Fishers, Indiana.

The pistol belonged to Francis T. Wright, 62, of Camby, Indiana who was visiting the store and had unknowingly lost the gun when he got up from siting on the couch. Sergeant Tom Weger, of Fishers Police Department, told The Washington Post that “as soon as he realised there was a commotion in the store, the gun-owner quickly identified himself… and fully co-operated with the investigation.”

Weger explained that Mr Wright had “sat down and somehow or another it became dislodged from this body and when he got up he didn’t realize that he was without it.” In a statement, IKEA said they apologised to the children’s family and explained that they “have processes in place to ensure that the store is safe for customers and co-workers… As soon as we were made aware of the situation, our co-workers took the action they were trained to do to ensure the safety of customers. We are cooperating with police as they investigate this incident.”

According to police reports the gun was found by two 6 year old boys when they sat on the couch. The gun was accidentally fired when one boy handed it to the other. Luckily no one was injured in the incident and the round was fired into the couch cushions.

It is unclear if Mr Wright was carrying open or concealed but he has since been charged with criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon. In a statement on the charging of Mr Wright, Sergeant Weger said: “when a person does not take their responsibility seriously there can be consequences.”

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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  • Frank K Frank K on Jul 07, 2018

    Seriously? That's like forgetting to wipe your Butt!

  • John Doe John Doe on Jul 07, 2018

    "IKEA ... explained that
    they “have processes in place to ensure that the store is safe for
    customers and co-workers…"

    yeah, how's that no guns sign working?

    Should a real attack occur, I'm sure some of those Swedish meatballs would slow the bad guy down.

    • William Paxson William Paxson on Jul 08, 2018

      @John Doe Actually, here in Indiana the "no guns signs" really don't mean anything as they have no force of law so anyone so inclined can just carry concealed and ignore them. I bet quite a few other folks were carrying there that day.