In the afternoon on January 13, 2014, a Wesley Chapel, Fla., Cobb theater shooting incident transpired over an irked theater patron who lashed out at another theater patron who was texting as both waited to see "Lone Survivor". The couple who were both shot are married; the husband is dead from his wounds and his wife is in the hospital, expected to survive. They have one child.
Now, a 3-year-old daughter is fatherless.
The shooter is now identified as retired Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves, 71. Reeves is said to have retired in 1993 and, during the course of his police service with the Tampa Police Department, was instrumental in developing its Tactical Response Team (SWAT). Reeves also served as Director of Security at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., a post he held after his police retirement.
Reeves also served on the board of Hernando County Crime Stoppers. Reeves and his spouse reside in Brooksville, Fla., a city in Hernando County, approximately 30 miles north of the theater shooting site.
Reeves's son is currently a Tampa police officer, serving since 2003.
The man who was allegedly killed by Reeves is identified as Chad Oulson, 43; his wife, Nicole Oulson, 33, is hospitalized at a Tampa Bay-area hospital and remains there with non-life-threatening injury.
Nicole Oulson, Pasco County sheriff's deputies believe, instinctively raised her hand to block her husband from being stricken by Reeves' gunfire. To no avail, the bullet passed through her hand and struck her husband in the chest, mortally wounding him.
An off-duty Sumter County deputy, who was in the theater to see the same movie, was able to restrain Reeves after the shooting. Another theater patron who was seated next to Reeves was able to grab the gun and secure it until Pasco County deputies arrived.
Reeves is charged with second-degree murder and is in the custody of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office detention facility located in Land O' Lakes, Fla.
Oulson's dying words, overheard by Alex Cummings, a moviegoer and witness to the incident, were to Cummings as he held Oulson's arm as he staggered before falling. Those dying words were: "I can't believe I just got shot!"
An off-duty nurse in the same theater performed CPR on Oulson until Pasco County Fire/Rescue paramedics were on scene. To no avail, Oulson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Reeves is scheduled to appear before a Pasco County judge at 1 p/m. this afternoon. He remains in Pasco County jail with no bond.
Notices on the Grove 16 theater website announces it is "Temporarily Closed" and for prospective patrons to "check back soon". It also offers the courtesy offer of a full refund or an exchange of movie passes, once re-opened.
The signage posted at the entrance to the Cobb-owned Grove 16 movie theater profoundly and eerily states that its property is a "Gun-Free zone".
Moviegoer and witness to the entire incident, Charles Cummings, stated "Somebody threw popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn, and then Bang, he was shot!"
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