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   WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.
   "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, has been charged with second-degree murder and it's not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.
   Pasco County Sheriff's officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old 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.
   Cummings and his son Alex — who both had blood on their clothes as they walked out of the theater — told a group of reporters Monday afternoon that the show was still in previews when the two couples started arguing.
   Cummings said the man in the back row — later identified as Reeves — got up and left the auditorium, presumably to get a manager. But he came back after a few minutes, without a manager and appearing upset. Moments later, the argument between the two men resumed, and the man in the front row stood up.
   Officials said Oulson asked Reeves if he reported him to management for using his phone.
   Cummings said the men started raising their voices and popcorn was thrown. Authorities said Reeves took out a gun, and Oulson's wife put her hand over her husband, and that's when Reeves fired his weapon, striking Nichole Oulson in the hand and her husband in the chest.
   "I can't believe people would bring a pistol, a gun, to a movie," Cummings said. "I can't believe they would argue and fight and shoot one another over popcorn. Over a cellphone."
   Cummings, who said he was a combat Marine in Vietnam, said Oulson fell onto him and his son.
   "Blood started coming out of his mouth," said Alex Cummings. "It was just a very bad scene."
   Charles Cummings said his son went to call 911, while Cummings and another patron who claimed to a nurse began performing CPR on the victim.
   A man sitting next to the shooter grabbed the gun out of his hand, and the suspect did not attempt to get away, Cummings said.
   Oulson and his wife were taken by ambulance to a Tampa-area hospital, where the Chad Oulson died, Tobin said. His wife's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
   Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said in a news release that Reeves was a captain when he retired from the department in 1993. She added that he was instrumental in establishing the agency's first tactical response team. After he retired, Reeves worked security for the Busch Gardens theme park and was on the board of a neighboring county's Crime Stoppers organization. Reeves' son also is a Tampa officer, police said.
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The suspect connected to a shooting near the Delmar Loop is still on the loose.
 
The shooting happened Sunday. The suspect was seen on a traffic camera jumping out of the victim's car and running away. Police believe the suspect might have stolen another car to escape.
 
Anyone with information regarding the man or the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. All calls are anonymous and tips leading to an arrest can lead to a reward. 
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The St. Louis Police Department is hoping video from a red light camera can help ID a man seen leaving the scene of a shooting and car accident.

 

Just after 6:45 PM Sunday, a driver at the intersection of Delmar and Skinker was shot several times. The shooting caused him to crash his car. In the video, the passenger of that car can be seen running away. Police say he stole a car in the area and drove off. Officers found a gun and drugs in the vehicle.  

 

If you recognize the suspect, police ask you to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. It’s anonymous and tips leading to an arrest are eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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An East St. Louis man is accused of killing a Mizzou student just days before Christmas.
 
The body of Jarrett Mosby was found in his car on December 23. Investigators with the Major Case Squad say Mosby agreed to meet Deneshion Swope for a drug deal. Police say the two men started to argue and Swope allegedly shot Mosby and moved his car to where it was eventually found.
 
Swope was on probation for gun charges, is held on a half-million dollar bond, and facing first-degree murder charges. Swope could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
 
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East St. Louis police on the site of an accident near the offices of School District 189.

 

Officers were called to the scene on reports of gunfire. When they arrived, there was a two car accident. One person was taken to the hospital, but it is not known if the injuries were from gunshots or the car accident.

 

This is a developing story.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a suburban Denver student shot at least one other student at a high school Friday before he apparently turned the gun on himself.
 
   Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the student was wounded when he confronted the gunman at Arapahoe High School in Centennial.
 
   He said officers found another injured student while securing the school.
 
   Littleton Adventist Hospital spokesman Jason Dunkel said a student was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
 
   Students were seen walking toward the school's running track with their hands in the air. Television footage showed students being patted down.
 
   The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.
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Monday, 09 December 2013 14:34

Person found shot to death in parked car

No motive or suspects have been announced after a person was found shot to death in a car in south St. Louis.

Police were called to the scene late Sunday night. In the 5100 block Wabada they found the victim dead in the driver's seat of the car. Police say the victim had been shot in the head.

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man they suspect killed three women took his own life minutes after officers confronted him.

Manchester police say they arrived on the scene about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, minutes after getting a 911 call. They say the armed suspect was leaving an apartment building carrying a young child. Police say shortly after police confronted the man, he put down the 13-month-old child and shot himself. The child was unharmed.

Police say an officer also fired at the man, but apparently missed.

Authorities say the officers checked the apartment building and found three deceased women in one unit. They apparently had been shot.

Police released no other details Sunday morning but say the investigation is continuing.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:23

Newtown 911 calls show calm response to shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.

The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also ask about the welfare of the children.

A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.

The calls to Newtown police were posted Wednesday on a town website. A court ordered the release of the tapes last week, despite the objections of prosecutors, after a legal challenge by The Associated Press.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 03:44

Grandmother, toddler hit in ambush shooting

   A two year old boy and his grandmother are recovering from gunshot wounds after an ambush attack in north St. Louis Monday night.  It happened a little before 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of Semple.  

   St. Louis Police say a woman in her 50s was in a car with her adult daughter and two children when a gray or silver Pontiac pulled up.  Two men got out and began shooting into the car.  

   The grandmother was struck in the shoulder.  The toddler suffered a graze wound in the stomach.  

   Its not clear what motivated the shooting or who was the intended target.  

   Police are still looking for the gunmen.

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