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Boise police say man’s firing of gun into air near community center was accidental

Boise Police have located the man who fired a gun into the air in the shared parking lot of the Fort Boise Community Center and Dick Eardley Senior Center Thursday morning.

The 30-year-old man was experiencing “a medical condition which would not indicate criminal intent or understanding in regards to the event,” police said in a press release late Thursday afternoon. Someone aware of the situation contacted police after they asked the public for help in finding the man.

No charges have been filed.

The man was sitting in his car when he fired the gun, police said. It was reported just after 10 a.m.

“No one was injured, and there is no indication that anyone was in intended danger,” Boise police said in press release earlier in the day. Evidence was collected by police in the parking lot.

Discharging a gun in city limits is a violation of city code, with exceptions such as protecting life or property. It is a misdemeanor crime with a penalties of up to six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine.

A city parks employee at the scene, who asked not to be identified, told the Statesman that a woman who leaving a meeting in the senior center saw a man in the parking lot with a gun, then others heard a single gun shot. She said the community center and senior center were locked down after 911 was called.

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