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PORT ORCHARD — A man whose gun went off when he dropped it inside a store at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale now faces criminal charges.

The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday filed one count of aiming or discharging a firearm and one count of reckless endangerment against 58-year-old Marc R. Bromberg.

Deputies say Bromberg was inside the Cost Plus World Market on Jan. 5 when he bent over and the .38 Special fell out of his coat pocket and discharged. The bullet didn’t hit anyone, but did damage a day bed before striking a set of nesting rope-baskets.

A couple of shoppers asked what the noise was, and told police that Bromberg claimed it was a balloon popping.

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The store was evacuated. Cost Plus supervisor Vicki Dudley told deputies that the day bed had to be marked down because of the damage, and the nesting baskets were a total loss.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Bromberg had a lawyer. His arraignment was set for Feb. 11.

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