Texting dispute leaves 1 dead in Florida movie theater shooting

A man was killed and a woman wounded in a Florida movie theater shooting that erupted during an argument over texting, the Pasco County sheriff’s office said.

One person has been taken into custody after Monday’s incident, according to a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Charges have not been announced.

According to authorities, the shooting took place at the Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, Fla.

Two couples were sitting near each other, waiting for the 1:20 p.m. showing of the film “Lone Survivor.”


One couple got into an argument with the other, who were sitting in front, texting and making noise, officials said.

The man in the row behind asked the couple to stop texting and quiet down. When they apparently refused, the man allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot them both.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital and the woman was being treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.

The shooter was detained by another person in the theater, officials said.


None of the people have been identified.