BELLINGHAM - Police were searching the area around Meridian Street for a man whose gun went off at a nearby tattoo parlor Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Officers were called to Black Rose Tattoo Parlor, 2711 Meridian St., at about 3:40 p.m. after a client accidentally shot a gun in the shop.
A tattoo artist noticed the man had a gun in a holster at his waistband and asked him to remove its ammunition clip to follow the shop's rules against live firearms, said shop owner Chucho Garcia. The man took out the clip and gave it to the artist, who returned it to the man once he'd finished working.
When the man went to put the clip back in, he accidentally fired the gun. The bullet hit the floor and two walls, causing about $500 in damage.
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When Garcia told the man he was calling police, the man ran out the back door. Garcia said he was shocked that a gun went off in his shop and glad that no one was hurt.
"It wasn't anything malicious," Garcia said. "It was an accident. One hell of an accident."
The man had gotten tattoos at the shop before and was getting lettering done on his shoulder Wednesday.