Texting Argument Leads to Fatal Movie Theater Shooting

Associated Press
VarietyJanuary 13, 2014

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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