Monday Dec 17, 201210:19 AM GMT
Two wounded in US theater shooting
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:19AM
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Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said.

 

A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

 

Conditions of the two people wounded were not immediately released, nor was it disclosed where they were when they were wounded, or the type of gun that was used.

 

Witnesses said numerous shots were fired inside and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex on Southwest Military Drive around 9:25 p.m., setting off the scramble to safety before police and EMS arrived. The complex was evacuated and sealed off for several hours. sfgate.com

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Bexar (bayr) County sheriff's spokesman Louis Antu says the incident started about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the man fired shots inside a nearby restaurant. It's not clear what led to the shooting. ABC News

 

Antu says the man headed toward the theater and shot a male in the lot. The age and condition of the victim wasn't immediately known, but Antu says his injuries did not appear life-threatening. ABC News

 

The gunman entered the theater. Antu says the man fired a shot but struck no one. An off-duty sheriff's deputy working security then shot the gunman. The suspect was taken to a hospital and not immediately charged. ABC News

 

The shooting immediately sparked fears of a mass slaying like the one in July that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. sfgate.com

 

Cassandra Castillo, waited anxiously outside the theater for her son, a projectionist at the theater. sfgate.com

 

“It brings back memories of the other theater shooting, and the elementary school shooting,” she said. “You only think the worst.” sfgate.com

 

On Friday, a gunman used a military-style assault rifle to kill six adults and 20 first-graders before committing suicide Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Reuters

 

Friday's shooting has launched a national debate on gun control, with Feinstein announcing Sunday that she will introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the first day of the new Congress. The massacre has also renewed a discussion on school security, with Newtown now the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind Virginia Tech. Huffington Post

 

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