A Kentucky man pulled a gun inside a Paducah movie theater on Saturday over a child kicking the back of his chair.
According to the Paducah Police Department’s Facebook page, police were called to Paducah’s Cinemark Theater at about 11:50 Saturday morning, responding to calls that a gun was drawn inside the cinema.
A man told an officer that he and his son were sitting behind another man, and the son was kicking the back of the man’s seat.
Witnesses told police that the man got up and began to curse at the young boy. That’s when the boy’s father interceded and a fight broke out between the two men.
Witnesses said the father got the upper hand during the fight so the other man pulled a gun and said, “What the (expletive) are you going to do now.”
When people in the audience saw the gun, they began running for the exit. At some point, three men – theater employees and patrons – escorted the man from the theater and remained with him outside until officers arrived.
The man was barred from Cinemark property, and police say they will present their investigation on Monday to the McCracken County Attorney’s office for charges, according to KFVS.
Sara Bennett writes on Facebook on the department’s page:
The man with the gun started the fight. He stood up first, threw the first punch, and was cussing at the little boy (before the standing and physical confrontation. The man with the child told the armed man many times before the gun was pulled to stay seated after he got knocked down.
As someone who was there and watched the whole thing up until we ran out of the theater because the gun was pulled.
In 2014, a moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County, Florida theater when a retired police officer opened fire over a dispute about texting. The victim’s wife was also hit by the same bullet. The victim was texting his 3-year-old daughter when he was gunned down.
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