1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Tampa Area Theater Shooting

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Doug Stanglin, and John Bacon, USA TODAY

One person was killed and one wounded Monday in a shooting inside a Florida movie theater following a quarrel over texting, WTSP-TV reported.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said a male was taken into custody after a good Samaritan detained the suspect until deputies arrived at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 & CineBistro in Wesley Chapel.

An argument started when the male victim was texting during the previews before a showing of Lone Survivor, Nocco said.The male suspect, who was sitting behind the couple, took out a gun and shot them both, Nocco said.

"It's absolutely crazy it would rise to this level over somebody just texting," Nocco said.

The victims were airlifted to a Bay area hospital, where the man died and the woman was reported to have non-life threatening injuries. Investigators describe the shooting as an "isolated incident."

Cobb Theatres issued a statement saying the company was "deeply saddened," adding that "our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." The building was closed and an investigation was underway. "The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident," the statement said.

Wesley Chapel, which has a population of about 45,000, is located near Tampa.

In July 2012, 12 people were killed and 70 wounded when a man walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and started shooting. James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His trial is set for August.

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