Man, 71, kills Florida moviegoer over smartphone use
MIAMI (AFP) - A 71-year-old retired policeman was refused bail on Tuesday after allegedly shooting dead a fellow moviegoer in Florida for using text messages with his phone, state authorities said.
Mr Curtis Reeves, a retired police captain from Tampa, was being held on suspicion of second-degree homicide after he opened fire on Mr Chad Oulson, 43, on Monday at a cinema in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Pasco county judge Lynn Tepper said.
The police report said Mr Reeves fired one shot from his .380 calibre semiautomatic handgun after the two men exchanged words over Mr Oulson's use of his smartphone shortly before a screening of military action film Lone Survivor. The victim's wife, Nichole, sustained a wound to her hand as she tried to stop her husband from being shot.
Local media reported that the men exchanged words over the victim's either texting or making a video call on his phone, and that the suspect had gone out of the theatre apparently to seek help.