06/18/2013 10:33 am ET Updated Jun 18, 2013

Zane Noland, 9-Year-Old Boy, Finds Loaded Gun In Florida Movie Theater Bathroom

A boy went to the theater to see "Man of Steel," and instead, he got to look down the barrel of a loaded gun.

Zane Noland opened a bathroom stall at an Ybor City, Fla. theater on Sunday and found a Glock 26 handgun atop a toilet paper dispenser, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"Dad," the boy said, "There's a gun."

Luckily, dad was a superhero. Marine veteran Wesley Noland, 48 -- who has a concealed weapons permit -- grabbed the semiautomatic pistol, brought his son into a private bathroom, and disarmed the Glock. Then he called 911, ABC News reports.

The busy theater was safe. But dad told the Tampa Bay Times that the Glock only needed its slide pulled back to chamber a round. He couldn't help but think of what might have happened if another child picked up the gun.

"This isn't like forgetting your keys or cellphone," he said. "This is a loaded firearm."

Officers responded quickly. The pair, having completed a feat of heroism on Father's Day, rejoined Zane's brother Ryan in the theater and watched the Superman movie.

Police are still trying to locate the owner of the gun, according to WFTV.



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