On September 16, 2018, a 22 year-old man with a concealed carry permit brought a loaded handgun into a Chuck E. Cheese’s in Tacoma, Washington in clear violation of the restaurant’s no-guns policy. At 5:20 p.m., with the establishment full of children, he accidentally discharged his firearm.
The bullet struck the man in the leg, wounding him. Thankfully, by sheer luck, no one else was injured.
Remarkably, Tacoma Police allowed the man to walk, even though he recklessly discharged his firearm in a public space full of children and then futher endangered those at the Chuck E. Cheese’s by causing a panic that sent families running out of the restaurant.
Please contact Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdall and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist through one of the channels below with the following message (personalized to your liking):
I demand you bring charges against the 22 year-old man who recklessly discharged his handgun in a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Tacoma on September 16, 2018. The restaurant was PACKED full of children at the time (5:20 p.m.) and only by sheer luck did this man avoid injuring or killing one of them. It is NOT acceptable to say, “Well, he injured himself, he’s suffered enough.” NO. The safety of Tacoma families and children takes priority over covering up for this man’s negligence. He was clearly guilty of violating statute 9A.36.050 in the Revised Code of Washington, Reckless Endangerment. Charge him with that crime immediately and send an unmistakeable message to the next negligent gun owner: Bring your weapon into a public space and endanger others and the criminal justice system WILL come down on you. THAT is what it means to put Tacoma families first. I will be watching your actions in this case closely.
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist
Phone: (800) 992-2456 or (253) 798-7400
Email via webform: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/FormCenter/Contact-Us-2/Contact-Us-33 (Select “Prosecuting Attorney” under “Who Would You Like to Contact”)
Once you have contacted chief Ramsdall and prosecuting attorney Lindquist, fill out the three fields above and click the orange banner to report taking action!