An argument between a retired police officer and a couple who was texting inside of a Florida movie theater erupted into gunfire today that left one man dead and a woman wounded.
Police said that two couples began arguing before a showing of "Lone Survivor" over one couple's text messaging.
The shooting suspect, identified as retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, became angry and took out a gun and shot the other couple, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's office.
"The victim was on his cellphone, he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation,"Sheriff Chris Nocco said, according to ABCNews affiliate WFTS. "During that altercation, the suspect decided to pull out a .380 and he shoots the victim."
The victims were identified as Chad and Nicole Olsen. Chad Olsen died of his wound and his wife was wounded.
An off-duty police officer who was in the theater quickly subdued the gunman and took possession of his weapon, police said. The off-duty cop, who held Reeves until arresting officers arrived, was not immediately identified.
“There were a lot of heroes in that movie theater today,”Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
A pair of nurses who were at the movie also sprang into action, performing CPR in an effort to save Olsen.
The Olsens were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where Chad Olsen was pronounced dead. His wife had put her hand in front of her husband in an attempt to block the bullet. She’s now being treated at the hospital.
The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. today at the Cobb Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., north of Tampa.
Police noted that the shooter and victims did not appear to know one another.