A six-year-old child in the US state of Indiana found a loaded handgun in a couch at Ikea and fired it, police say.
The weapon had fallen into cushions as a shopper sat down to test the sofa at the store in a suburb of the state capital, Indianapolis.
Nobody was hurt in Monday’s incident and no arrests have been made. Ikea said it had expressed “sincerest apologies” to the child’s family.
Police say the gun-owner did not notice he had dropped his firearm.
“He sat down and somehow or another it became dislodged from this body and when he got up he didn’t realise that he was without it,” Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department told the Washington Post.
The owner continued shopping and only became aware he had lost his gun after the child fired one shot into a sofa cushion after “just a few minutes” of playing with it, Mr Weger added.
“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,” he continued.
In their statement, Ikea said “safety and security of customers and co-workers is the top priority”, and that they had spoken to the child’s family directly to apologise.
Ikea “has a no-weapon policy in our locations to prevent exactly these types of situations,” their statement continued.
The Swedish furniture giant remained open after the incident, as police investigated.
Lawyer Guy Relford told local station WTTV News the gun-owner was unlikely to face any charges, and added that violating the company’s no-weapon policy is not against the law.
“Being a knucklehead is not a crime in Indiana, or in most places,” Mr Relford told the network.
“I actually doubt there will be criminal charges filed.”
He said it would be very difficult for a prosecutor to prove criminal recklessness in this case.case.