Off all of my pet peeves, texting in the movie theaters ain't one of them. I rather someone do that than talking on the phone all through the movie. The shooter was acting like his phone was an LED light. I swear people are just fcking ill.
Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie: sheriff
Police stand outside a Wesley Chapel, Fla., movie theater where a fatal shooting occurred Monday.
By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News
retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a
Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday,
killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.
Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of
Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday
afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the
shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.
Oulson was shot in
the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his
wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced
dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening
"To have a retired police officer — I don't know what he was thinking
at the time," Nocco told reporters. "I can tell you, anybody, over a
cellphone, to take their life, it's ridiculous."
sheriff's deputy from neighboring Sumter County was in the Grove 16
Theatre in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, and detained Reeves and
secured the weapon, described as a .380-calber handgun, until Pasco
authorities arrived, Nocco said.
"He was a true hero in there. He
reacted," said Nocco, who also praised the efforts of two nurses who
were in the theater and tried to save Oulson's life.
said that when when the first emergency calls came in, his mind
immediately turned to recent shootings at schools and movie theaters, an
apparent reference to the mass killings at a theater in Aurora, Colo.,
in July 2012, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,
just five months later.
"Hearing what we heard, we were prepared
for a large incident, but I want to reiterate this was just an isolated
incident," he said.
"This situation over a cellphone use — to
escalate that high, I can tell you it's very scary," he said. "Or the
fact it's a movie theater or, you know, a place such as a school, where
people have a belief that they should be in a movie theater to relax or a
school to learn and have it arise to this kind of level."
Nocco said the tragedy unfolded after Reeves became outraged over something trivial: "somebody texting."
and his wife were sitting behind the Oulsons as the preview trailers
were rolling just before the showing of "Lone Survivor," the Mark
Wahlberg movie about a failed 2007 Navy Seal raid in Afghanistan,
Reeves asked Chad Oulson several times to
stop, to no avail, Nocco said. He then left the theater to complain to
the theater's management before returning to his seat, the sheriff said.
his return, "Chad Oulson then starts confronting him verbally, starts
saying: 'Oh, did you go in there and start complaining on me? Did you
tell the staff about me?'" Nocco said.
"This verbal altercation
starts getting louder and louder. During this altercation, it goes from a
verbal to a physical altercation," he said.
Then, "the suspect, Curtis Reeves, pulled out a gun," Nocco said.
one shot was fired, Nocco said. Nichole Oulson was wounded in the hand
when she grabbed her husband as Reeves pulled the trigger, he said.
The theater's operator, Cobb Theatres, said in a statement that
it was "truly heartbroken by this incident" and that it was cooperating
Reeves retired as a captain from the Tampa
Police Department in 1993, said Laura McElroy, a spokeswoman for the
department, adding that Reeves helped set up the department's first SWAT
"We are not aware of any contact with the department since his departure more than 20 years ago," she said in a statement.