Who would have thought that texting when watching a movie could get you shot at?
This is exactly what happened in a Florida movie theater on Monday. A retired Tampa police captain fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him for texting.
“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.
“And then bang, he was shot.”
Curtis Reeves, 71, is the one who shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson.
Pasco County Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of downtown Tampa.
Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Oulson and his wife. Oulson told Reeves that he was texting with his 3-year-old daughter, Cummings said.
“It ended almost as quickly as it started,” said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin. The sheriff’s office says an off-duty Sumter County deputy detained Reeves until police arrived.