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Movie theater shooting: Ex-police captain kills movie patron for texting

Theater shooting in Florida prompted by texting
Theater shooting in Florida prompted by texting
New York Daily News

A movie theater shooting occurred in Florida. Curtis Reeves, 71, a retired Tampa police captain, is the suspect in a shooting that occurred at a movie theater, according to ABC News on Monday.

Reeves reportedly asked a couple – Chad and Nichole Oulson – to stop texting messages in the theater before a showing of “Lone Survivor.” Reeves was bothered by them texting as the previews of other movies were being shown.

Reeves later left the cinema for a short period of time and returned. When he returned, Oulson, 43, asked Reeves if he had reported him to the theater manager for having used his phone. An argument ensued and eventually Reeves took his gun out, and that is when the movie theater shooting happened. He shot Oulson in the chest.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office, Oulson was on his cell phone, making noise. The noise is what led to the altercation. The altercation ended with Reeves putting a bullet in Oulson with a .380. Oulson died and his wife was wounded.

Oulson was reportedly texting his daughter at the time, according to CNN.

Another theater patron, an off-duty Sumter County deputy, grabbed the gunman and took his gun away from him. A couple of nurses in the theater also attempted to assist Oulson, but he was pronounced dead at the Tampa General Hospital. There were approximately 25 people in the theater at the time of the incident.

Specifically, the incident happened at the Cobb Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida – which is north of Tampa – at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon.

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