Police: Dispute over seating arrangement led up to shooting at Greenville AMC

Police: Dispute over seating arrangement led up to shooting at Greenville AMC


SHOOTING GREENVILLE POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A MAN THEY SAY OPENED FIRE INSIDE OF A MOVIE THEATER JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT. WNCT SPOKE WITH A MAN WHO WAS JUST A FEW THEATERS AWAY… WHO DESCRIBED THE SCARY MOMENTS THAT FOLLOWED A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES… QUICKLY TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE. “we’re going to clear this theater out, we’re going to evacuate.” THOSE WORDS… SAID BY ARMED GREENVILLE POLICE OFFICERS… AS THEY CLEARED MOVIE THEATERS INSIDE THIS GREENVILLE A-M-C “about every 5 steps there was an officer with an assault rifle and fully armored.” RYAN QUERY AND HIS WIFE WERE WATCHING THE MOVIE BLACK PANTHER JUST FOUR THEATERS DOWN FROM WHERE THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE “what do I need to do to protect my wife? What do we need to do to get out of here safely.” QUERY TOOK VIDEO AND PICTURES OF THE SCENE… BUT DIDN’T FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED… UNTIL LATER THAT NIGHT GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF MARK HOLTZMAN SAYS REPORTS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER CAME INTO 911 DISPATCH JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT “officers were in the area and arrived in about two minutes.” AFTER INVESTIGATION… POLICE BELIEVE A DISPUTE OVER SEATING ARRANGEMENTS LED UP TO THE SHOOTING “that dispute quickly turned into a pistol being pulled out and at least one shot being fired off into the ceiling.” “this type of behavior is unacceptable in the city of Greenville.” GREENVILLE MAYOR PJ CONNELLY SAYS HE’S PROUD OF THE WAY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HANDLED THE SITUATION. EVEN PROUDER THAT THE CITY TOOK ACTION WHEN CHIEF HOLTZMAN ASKED FOR HELP A YEAR AGO “one of the things he brought to us about a year ago was to make sure we had the proper equipment for this type of incident.” QUERY SAYS THE WHOLE THING SEEMED SURREAL… AND MADE HIM MORE AWARE OF HOW FAST A SITUATION CAN ACTUALLY CHANGE “this really opened my eyes, and moving forward I think I am going to be more prepared.” THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. GREENVILLE POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WHO WAS INSIDE THEATER 2 AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING TO CONTACT THEM AS SOON AS THEY CAN. WE’VE PUT THAT NUMBER UP ON OUR WEBSITE… WNCT DOT COM THE PITT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS

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