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Tampa cinema shooting: Two victims of violent shooting, texting argument cited

Tampa cinema shooting: Two victims of violent shooting, texting argument cited
Tampa cinema shooting: Two victims of violent shooting, texting argument cited
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A Tampa cinema shooting has left one person dead and another victim seriously wounded this Monday after an act of gun violence erupted within a Florida movie theater. Although the circumstances and exact cause behind the shooting remains unclear at this time, an argument over texting has been cited in a police report. USA Today provides the breaking details on this distressing incident this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

The Tampa cinema shooting is said to have been brief but fatal, leaving two victims in its wake. One individual was killed — while another was injured — though Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has confirmed that the shooter, a male suspect, is now in police custody. It is believed that a witness on the scene was able to detain the man until law enforcement officials could arrive to subdue him.

The movie theater in question was Cobb Cinema Grove 16 and CineBistro in Wesley Chapel. According to the report, a fight broke out when one of the victims, a male, was texting in the middle of a film’s previews (the move was “Lone Survivor," a new film released only this week). After fighting with the individual and allegedly asking him to stop texting while in the theater, the male suspect was then said to have pulled out a gun and opened fire on both the male and his companion, a female.

"It's absolutely crazy it would rise to this level over somebody just texting," Nocco said on the disturbing Tampa cinema shooting.

Both victims were airlifted following the violent argument to a local Tampa Bay hospital. The man soon died from the gunshot wound, while the woman is said to be seriously injured, but not in a life-threatening condition. Investigators are citing the sudden shooting as no more than an “isolated incident” without precedence.

“Cobb Theatres issued a statement saying the company was "deeply saddened," adding that "our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." The building was closed and an investigation was underway. "The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident," concluded a spokesperson following the Tampa cinema shooting.

The identity of the suspect has not yet been revealed at this point in time as the investigation continues.