A Washington State driver made a shocking discovery while getting gas on Thursday, May 24 — a gun was lodged in his car’s front bumper.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said the driver had noticed a “small ‘black object'” flying through the air striking the front of his car while driving on the Interstate 5.
The man continued driving for another 18 miles before pulling over to get some gas. When he went to check the front of his car, he was surprised to see the weapon wedged in his front bumper under the headlights.
Gill said troopers were called to retrieve the gun and confirmed that it was handed over to Lakewood Police Department.
“We’re glad the driver – and everyone else on the road – was okay!” Washington State Patrol said on its Facebook post.
The post quickly captured the attention of internet users who were also surprised to see the photos. The post garnered over 35,000 shares and 12,000 reactions as of the time of this publication.
Many social media users were quick to comment on the strange situation.
“How do you explain that to your car insurance?” one social media user said.
“The car was just open carrying,” another user said.
Gill told the Associated Press that the gun was missing its magazine and said that it was a “bizarre way” to find a gun.
It is not clear where the gun had come from. Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler told the newswire that they are currently investigating whether the gun was linked to a nearby fight where fires were shot.