UPDATE: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The accused gunman who police say fired a shot inside an east Wichita store had a permit to carry a gun. No one was hurt in the store shooting scare but investigators say the situation could have been much worse.
About 20 employees and shoppers were inside the Burlington Coat Factory at Kellogg Drive and Rock Road on Monday when police say Jake Jacobs, 27, walked into with a revolver.
Police say Jacobs took a soda from a cooler and began drinking it. When confronted by the security guard, investigators say Jacobs fired one round at the guard but missed.
The call of an active shooter inside the store came into 911 dispatch just after 10:30 a.m. Wichita Police Deputy Chief Tom Stolz says five officers arrived on scene just three minutes after the call was received.
Stolz says the officers found Jacobs hiding near the dressing rooms. Officers used a Taser on him after he refused to surrender. Afterwards, they found a gun in the pocket of his pants with approximately half a dozen rounds still in the chamber.
Records show Jacobs was arrested in February on a weapons charge. That weapons charge was later dismissed after Jacobs provided a concealed carry license.
Police say they believe Jacobs was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the shooting but that has not been proven at this time. They are awaiting the results of his toxicology report.
Jacobs is expected to be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and shoplifting later this week.