Man arrested for accidental discharge of gun inside Highlands Ranch Pei Wei; shot misses family

Shot went from men's restroom into dining room

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - A family eating inside a Chinese restaurant in Highlands Ranch Thursday narrowly missed being shot when a man inside the restroom accidentally discharged his gun.

The family eating at the Pei Wei at Colorado Boulevard and Venneford Ranch Road when a bullet came through the men's bathroom wall and into the dining area, witnesses told 7NEWS.

Deputies responded to the 7 p.m. incident, initially on a report that there had been an explosion,  Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ron Hanavan said.

Later it was determined that there had been an accidental discharge of a firearm and Michael Swensen, 28, was taken into custody, Hanavan said.

Swensen could face multiple charges including prohibited use of a weapon, Hanavan said. 

Customers inside the restaurant were startled by the shooting, but no one was hurt.

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