What should’ve been a nice outing at a local movie theatre, turned out to be a fatal shooting, Tuesday afternoon, at the high-end Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel. Chad Oulson (43), was said to have been texting his daughter during the previews of the movie “Lone Survivor”. As a result of Oulson texting, an altercation began between the 43 year old male Oulson and Curtis Reeves (71), a retired cop. The arguing was said to have escalated pretty quickly. According to ABC news, Reeve’s exited the theatre to look for the movie manager, but soon returned back to the theatre alone. It was then, the 71 year old, retired Tampa cop, pulled out his .38 caliber and shot Chad Oulson. The bullet also grazed Oulson’s wife, who had been sitting next to her husband.
The 25 people who were also present in the movie theatre told local officials that there did not seem to be any type of previous relationship between Oulson and Reeves.
Oulson was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His wife was treated for the bullet graze to her hand.
Curtis Reeves is now facing Second Degree Homicide charges.
Stemming off of the 2012 movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, I can only imagine how many Americans feel about attending public “commonplaces” such as a movie theatre. Though one should never live their life in fear, it is pretty disturbing to see a consistent pattern of shootings in public places. More so, it is pretty scary to view that the victims are people who had no relations to the shooter. I hope both families, Oulson and Reeves, will soon recover from this devastating loss. It’s unfortunate that people are so selfish these days. Selfish to take the lives of another human being. Selfish to leave a daughter without her only father. Selfish to cause a family pain.
America has to do better. We have to do better.