UPDATED, July 28: Police arrested a man wearing Army fatigues who brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a theater near Pittsburgh. William Gossett, 21, a convicted felon, attracted an officer’s attention when he entered the Cinemark theater in Center Township wearing long-sleeved fatigues with a large backpack in 94-degree weather. Gossett told police he was going to watch a screening of The Purge: Election Year.
PREVIOUSLY, July 24: Police in Paducah, KY, say they’ll seek charges against an Illinois man who pulled a gun at a Cinemark theater on Saturday when a fight broke out after a child kicked the back of the man’s seat.
According to the Paducah Police Department’s Facebook page, officers were called to the theater at 11:50 AM Saturday after a fight between two adult men ended with a gun drawn, reportedly during a screening of Star Trek Beyond.
Police say a man and his son “were sitting behind another man, and the son was kicking the back of the man’s seat. Witnesses said the man got up and cursed the youth, asking if he was going to continue kicking his seat. The boy’s father interceded, and a fight broke out between the two men — neither of which PPD has identified. As the father got the upper hand in the fight, witnesses said, the other man pulled a gun and said, ‘What the [expletive] are you going to do now.’”
Other moviegoers ran for the exit as three theater employees and patrons escorted the gun-wielding man from the theater, where officers made the arrest. Other patrons were allowed to return to the theater afterward.
According to the police account, “The man was barred from Cinemark property, and police will present their investigation on Monday to the McCracken County Attorney’s office for charges.”
The cinema-rage fight recalled a much grimmer incident in January 2014, when a Florida man was shot and killed after he angered a fellow moviegoer by texting during the previews. One year ago tomorrow, a man killed two moviegoers and wounding nine others in in Lafayette, LA, during a screening of Trainwreck. This comes after twelve people were murdered and 70 injured when a man with a gun opened fire during the midnight screening of A Dark Knight Rises in a Cinemark theater in Aurora, CO.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.