Man shot in US movie theatre

2013-01-13 12:38
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San Diego - Police shot and critically wounded a gunman on Saturday in a movie theatre as more than a dozen moviegoers ducked for cover on the floor.

No moviegoers or officers were hurt in the shooting inside Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain in northern San Diego, officer David Stafford said. It was the second shooting at a San Diego County movie theatre in as many days.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital with several gunshot wounds and was expected to survive, Captain Terry McManus told the U-T San Diego daily.

Witnesses reported seeing him confront his 19-year-old girlfriend at a parking lot across the street from a shopping plaza where the Cineplex is located. Witnesses tried to intervene, but he threatened them with a gun and fled to the Cineplex.

Police evacuated moviegoers until two officers spotted him in a theatre with about 15 others. McManus said the man initially complied with officers' order to put his hands up, but then he put them back in his lap and brandished a handgun. He said one of the officers opened fire.

The theatre's manager told Krongard the shooting occurred during a screening of "Les Miserables."

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