Fla. guard's gun goes off at Shooters restaurant

Published On: Feb 18 2014 10:38:52 AM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Shooters Waterfront restaurant in Fort Lauderdale lived up to its name recently when a corrections officer's handgun accidentally discharged, causing minor injuries to a dozen people.

Fort Lauderdale police say the shooting appears to be an accident and no charges were immediately filed. The man with the gun was identified as Marcus Leon Thompson, a corrections officer with Miami-Dade County.

According to a police affidavit, Thompson told them he was at dinner with his wife Saturday night when he reached into his pocket for money and a car valet ticket. His Glock 9mm handgun was also in his pocket, and it went off accidentally.

The affidavit says the bullet hit the base of a table and burst into fragments, injuring several people nearby but none seriously.