Two people have been shot, and one person killed, at a Florida movie theater near Tampa in a suburb called Wesley Chapel, reports WTSP. It occurred during a screening of Lone Survivor. The suspect has been named as 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, the deceased man is 43-year-old Chad Oulson.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Person Has Been Arrested
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A male suspect has been arrested by police who descended on the scene at around 1:30 p.m. local time, reports ABC Action News. An argument is said to have broken out after one of the victims began texting during the movie. The suspect is reported to have been restrained by a good samaritan until police arrived on the scene, reports Tampa Bay Online.
2. One Victim Has Died
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ABC Action News reports that the deceased victim was shot in the chest, the woman was shot in the hand and was airlifted from the scene. The Pasco County Sheriff has said that one person has died in hospital.
3. The Argument Involved 2 Couples
The texting argument began between two couples. It’s not yet clear who was texting, but one of the participants in the altercation shot the other man and his significant other. Local sheriff Chris Nocco told My Fox Tampa, “It’s absolutely crazy it would rise to this level.”
One witness said that the shooter became irritated at the other man’s use of his cellphone, he left the theater and returned a few minutes later. When he came back in and confronted the texter, the victim said that he was texting his 3-year-old daughter, reports Tampa Bay Online.
4. Wesley Chapel is a Suburb of Tampa
Wesley Chapel is a town close to Tampa in Florida and has a population of around 45,000.
5. At Least One Witness Compared to the Scene to Aurora
One patron compared the panic at the theater to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado in 2012. Kareen Lasky, who was in a different theater to where the gunfire eripted told The Tampa Bay Times: “The first thing I thought of was the theater out there in the West.” She also stated that she didn’t hear the shots in her theater and didn’t realize anything was going on till a theater employee turned off their movie and told the patrons leave.