Let me preface this by saying “are you f***ing kidding me???” The article from ABC news
Tampa — An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.
The former police captain, Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder. It’s not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.
“Somebody throws popcorn. I’m not sure who threw the popcorn,” said Charles Cummings, who, as a birthday treat, was about to watch the movie “Lone Survivor” at The Grove 16 Theater on Monday.
“And then bang, he was shot.”
Pasco County Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel.
Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Oulson and his wife. Oulson told Reeves he was texting with his 3-year-old daughter, Cummings said.
Reeves – got up and left the auditorium, presumably to get a manager. But he came back after a few minutes, without a manager and appearing upset. Moments later, the argument between the two men resumed, and the man in the front row stood up.
Officials said Oulson asked Reeves if he reported him to management for using his phone.
Cummings said the men started raising their voices and popcorn was thrown. Authorities said Reeves took out a gun, and Oulson’s wife put her hand over her husband, and that’s when Reeves fired his weapon, striking Nichole Oulson in the hand and her husband in the chest.
Read more about what happened afterwards on ABC news
Now do you understand my preface statement? Now look, there are times that you just want to b***hslap someone who’s talking on the phone or to others in the movie. Texting doesn’t bother me at all, well, unless you have the clicking sounds on. But to shoot a man who JUST told you he was texting his daughter, WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL? The man just told you he has a family, but eff it, I’ll shoot him anyways because he’s texting his daughter. I just can NOT fathom the thought.
You are a RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN, dude. POLICE. So, I’m guessing it’s cool to just walk around with a gun on you, just in case someone pisses you off and you shoot them. I’m not understanding this. Now his wife, who was ALSO shot, has to explain to their daughter that daddy is no longer coming home. OVER WHAT???? Because his DAUGHTER was TEXTING her FATHER and her FATHER was TEXTING his DAUGHTER. Listen, this little 3 year old girl when she gets older is going to FOREVER blame herself for why her father is dead. An innocent conversation, now leads to her father being dead and more than likely years of therapy.
This world is just…