Texting Argument Leads to Fatal Movie Theater Shooting

Lone Survivor

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Authorities say a man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting two people — one fatally — after an argument over cell phone use at a Florida theater.

Pasco County Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin said two couples had been watching “Lone Survivor” Monday at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, when the suspect and his wife apparently took issue with the couple in front of them who were reportedly texting during the movie.

“The victim was on his cellphone, he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, according to ABC News affiliate WFTS. “During that altercation, the suspect decided to pull out a .380 and he shoots the victim.”

Both victims were taken by ambulance to a Tampa-area hospital. The man later died, but the female victim’s injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.

The sheriff’s office says a bystander detained the suspect until deputies arrived. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the suspect.

No charges have been reported.

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  1. El Acie says:

    The insensitive idiotic thing to say may be: Be careful what somebody may one-up your popcorn with!? Or just make sure you have a very good reason to get in anybody’s face.

  2. jp says:

    So it was too many rude people? Not enough ushers? Cell phone manners? Folks! The guy had a gun . He was an ex cop. He pulled out a gun and shot two people. Manners? You want to talk manners?
    Well then I guess shooting the second person was just rude while the first shooting is debatable? The asshole had a gun at the movies. He probably sat there with it rubbing against his crotch til he got jazzed enough to use it. Wake up people, cell phones aren’t rude but putting a bullet in a Dad is.

  3. Ken says:

    This incident (CNN.com’s article has much more detail, with over 7000 comments as of this typing) is shocking of course, but perhaps not so surprising. The annoying use of cell phones (and cell phone glare) is epidemic in cinemas. Whatever happened to hiring USHERS to maintain order and civility in auditoriums?? Exhibitors, you need to take note…and stop being so thrifty with your personnel.

  4. Shelly says:

    Mama always said “Don’t text in the movie house.”

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