Gunman Gets 6 Years for ‘Schindler’s List’ Shooting : Courts: James Kirby, 45, explained the crime in a San Diego movie theater by telling law enforcement officials that he wanted to ‘test God’ and protect Jews.

From Times Wire Services

A man who shot a woman in the back during a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie “Schindler’s List” was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison.

At the time of the shooting in a San Diego movie theater in January, law enforcement officials quoted 45-year-old gunman James Kirby as saying he wanted to “test God” and protect Jews.

Kirby’s lawyer previously said in court that his client was psychologically disturbed and asked that the part-time security guard be put on probation after he pleaded guilty in May to an assault charge stemming from the incident.


“He hurt me that day very badly,” the victim, Helen Campbell, 40, told Superior Court Judge John Thompson on Tuesday before the sentencing. Campbell, who was watching the film with her husband, an off-duty police officer, said Kirby never apologized for inflicting pain, which she expects to experience for the rest of her life.

Campbell was seated in front of Kirby when one round from a .380-caliber automatic pistol went through the seat and into her back, damaging her liver and lungs.

Kirby’s gunshot coincided with a scene in the movie in which Nazis tracking down Jews in the ghetto of Krakow, Poland, opened fire on their victims.