Man accused of firing gun in College Area restaurant

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SAN DIEGO -- A man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of firing a gun during an argument at a chicken wing restaurant in the College Area, hitting no one.

Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday inside Dirty Birds Bar and Grill in the 6400 block of El Cajon Boulevard, a man got into an argument with another customer, pulled out a handgun and fired at him, according to San Diego police.

Investigators say the gunman, who had been drinking, missed the customer, sending the bullet through the wall and into the kitchen. The suspected shooter ran off, but officers arrested him about a block away a short time later.

He was charged with discharging a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

Several customers and employees were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

"He pulls out a gun and everyone was saying, 'You're not going to shoot it; you're not going to shoot it.' But that, I think, tipped him into being angry about it and then he shot the gun," a Dirty Bird employee told FOX 5.

"There was an explosion in the back because it hit something in the kitchen and everybody ran out of there. I ran out of there as fast as I could, hopped a fence and then I warned some people, 'Don't go in that direction because there was just a shooting.'"

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