Child fires gun after finding weapon in sofa at IKEA

Shoppers at IKEA were left badly shaken when a child fired a gun inside the store.

The incident happened inside an IKEA at Fishers, Indiana, CBS News reports.

A shopper had sat down on a couch to test it when a gun he was carrying fell out of his pants without him realising.

A child has fired a loaded gun inside an IKEA store in Indiana, US. Source: Yahoo Video

A group of children then picked up the gun, with one pulling the trigger and firing it.

One shot was fired but no-one was injured.

IKEA issued a statement on Monday, stating:  “The safety and security of customers is the top priority for IKEA … [we] have a no-weapon policy in our locations to prevent exactly these types of situations.

“As soon as we were made aware of the situation, our co-workers took the action they were trained to do to ensure the safety of customers.

“We are co-operating with police as they investigate this incident.”

The type of gun found on the couch is not known.

According to CBS News, Indiana is ranked 18th in the United States for firearm-related deaths.

Why the man was carrying a weapon inside a homewares store is being investigated.