Man shot at movie theater in Atlanta after dispute over seats

Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 2:56 PM EST
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ATLANTA (CBS46/Gray News) – Police in Atlanta are investigating a shooting at a movie theater they say began as a dispute over an assigned seat.

Police say a man and woman arrived after the beginning of a showing of the new “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Monday night at an AMC theater in Atlanta, CBS46 reports. A man was sitting in one of their assigned seats.

An argument ensued, and the person sitting in the seat was shot once.

The shooting resulted in other movie-goers panicking and running from the theater. Police say it was an isolated incident.

Police are searching for the alleged shooter who ran away. He is described as a man wearing a black jacket and a white hoodie. They are also looking for the woman he was with.

The man shot was taken to the hospital for treatment and is reported to be stable.

AMC Theatres said in a statement that it will be “adding a heightened visible security presence at this location for the immediate future.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

Community members say they are shaken by the shooting, concerned with their safety.

Police say they have seen an “influx” of people carrying guns in public. They are urging people to attempt to resolve disagreements without resorting to violence.

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