Florida man shot dead for texting in cinema

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Chad Oulson, who lived in Florida, has been shot dead for texting in a movie theater.

The man who shot him is 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, a former police officer, who decided to fire his gun at Oulson a number of times after his repeated requests that Oulson stop texting during the movie went unheeded. According to witness Charles Cummings, the person Oulson had been texting was his three year old daughter.

It seems that an argument between the two had broken out while they were waiting to watch the film, Lone Survivor, implying that Oulson had been texting during the pre-show or previews. The theater in question was Cobb Grove 16 cinema, which is located in Wesley Chapel.

“Three seconds, four seconds later, the argument starts again,” Cummings said.”Their voices start going up; there seems to be almost a confrontation. Somebody throws popcorn, I’m not sure who threw the popcorn, and, bang, he was shot.”

”It’s crazy. I never thought something like this would happen at our theatre,” Leny Vega,one of the cinema’s employees, said to ABC News.

Oulson’s wife, Nicole, was also injured during the altercation, but her injuries aren’t life-threatening.

[via BBC News]

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10 comments

  1. Dale

    2nd amendment or not, you are still going to have people over there with guns and who love shooting them. Whether it was this or not, there is always going to be some stupid reason for someone getting shot with all those guns around – and a lot of them in the hands of trigger happy crazy men.

  2. BearPup

    Well I don’t mind a little over generalization. People who carry guns are far more likely to be involved in violence than those who don’t. Oh right, he was planning to go target shooting after the movie and mistook the guy for a target cutout.

    If it were up to me, I’d re-write the second amendment to read, Nothing shall abridge the right to arm bears (myself not included).

  3. Seamus McSeamus

    [@Mike S.] I apologize as well. Reading back what I typed (not even noting that I used “to” instead of “too”), I can see how you could have read it differently than I meant it. Bad choice of wording on my part.

  4. Mike S.

    [@Seamus McSeamus] Sorry, I took your statement “who are all to eager to kill another human being” as a generalization–I understand, now, you didn’t intend it that way.

    There always are people–the infamous bottom 10%–who don’t do their jobs well or even abuse their positions. Unfortunately, with a position like law enforcement, it’s felt all the more. But I would prefer to celebrate the 90% who do their jobs, some even diligently.

    The man who did the killing in the theater is former-police officer–no reason that they can’t be as crazy as anyone else out there (and perhaps more).

  5. Seamus McSeamus

    [@Mike S.]

    Where did I generalize? Did I say that most cops engage in this behavior? No, I said it was another example of such behavior, which it is. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common to see stories like this. There *are* bad cops out there.

    There are plenty of police officers who do their jobs with great pride and professionalism, and would never dream of using their authority to break the law. But there are also those who see nothing wrong with on the spot illegal anal probes, or using lethal force on a schizophrenic kid.

    I hope that if either of us ever has need of a police officer, the one(s) who respond come from that first example and not the second.

  6. Mike S.

    [@Seamus McSeamus] Wow. With the greatest of respect, I’d hate to have that vastly overgeneralized feeling when my child is being shot at, at a local school, by a deranged student, and the police are doing their jobs in trying to rescue the students, teachers and administration populace . . . .

    And I’ll take your bet.

  7. n.n

    Most homicides using a gun are committed by government agents, criminals, including gangs, and people who choose to end their own life. The first has an extra-Constitutional authority to carry guns, the second selectively ignores or respects proscriptive laws, and the third are committed to ending their lives.

    Guns are a multi-purpose tools which can be used to commit homicide, but also for hunting, recreation, and self-defense.

    That said, the preferred instrument for murder, and the leading cause of mortality, is the scalpel. Although, that is often used concurrently with lethal injection or dismemberment. It’s a choice with horrific consequences that affects over one million human lives annually. It is the only form of murder where mortality exceeds 100%, including nearly all of its intended victims, and a minority of the contractors.

  8. Raeldin

    [@Jimbo] Seriously? Blaming the second amendment for a stupid man’s actions.

    He should not have been shot or even threatened with violence, the issue isn’t even worth arguing about. If it were me I’d get my money back from the theater, after leaving the movie of course.