The movie theater remained closed Tuesday, the day after the deadly shooting. According to the Cobb Grove 16 website, the theater reopens Wednesday morning with film showings.
Update: Curtis Reeves, Jr. made his first court appearance before a judge Tuesday afternoon. Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper denied bond for Reeves. Reeves faces second degree murder charges and remains in jail. His defense attorney, Richard Escobar asked the public not to rush to judgment about his client. Reeves also confronted another movie goer about texting in December 2013 at the same theater.
An argument over texting in a movie theater erupted into gun fire that killed one man at the Cobb Grove 16 theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida Monday afternoon. It happened during the previews of the 1:20 p.m. showing of the film, “Lone Survivor.” Chad Oulson, 43, was fatally wounded. His wife, Nicole, 33, tried to block the bullet and was shot in the hand. Retired Tampa Police officer, Curtis Reeves, Jr., 71, was arrested. Chad Oulson was noisily texting on his phone to check on his young daughter. Reeves who sat behind him, asked Oulson several times to stop texting. After Reeves complained to theater management and returned, a loud argument erupted with popcorn thrown. Pasco County Sheriff officials say Reeves shot Oulson. Two nurses at the movie did CPR to revive Oulson. Oulson was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead. Sheriff Chris Nocco says after Reeves fired his pistol, he put it down immediately. An off-duty Sumter County sheriff’s deputy at the movie secured the weapon and stayed with Reeves until deputies arrived. Officials estimated around 25 people were in the theater for the movie.
Reeves started the Tampa Police Swat Unit and retired as a captain in 1993. A retired Tampa Police officer described Reeves as “the best of the best.” Reeves also worked for Busch Gardens as security chief after he retired from his Tampa Police career.
A Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy and security officer remain at the scene until the theater reopens.