Reports: Shooting at (or near) San Antonio movie theater; Updated: 2 wounded, possibly gang-related

Details are still sketchy, but San Antonio, TX., residents and local reporters are spreading word about a shooting at a local movie theater:

We’ll continue to update as new details come in.

The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Antu said the suspected shooter shot a man at nearby China Garden, located in the parking lot of the 1900 block of South West Military Drive. The shooting then moved toward the Mayan movie theater, where an off-duty Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy working security saw the suspected gunman armed.

Antu said the deputy shot and hit the suspected gunman. Both shooting victims were not immediately identified by Antu. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the case, he said.

It appears from the above news account that this was not a mass murder akin to the Aurora, Co., movie theater massacre. Still awful whenever blood is shed, but as some San Antonio residents are noting, the heightened sensitivity to shootings inside or in proximity to movie theaters is a little strange in the context of larger gang violence in the city that gets ignored every day:

And a little fact-checking:

Latest info: Two were wounded.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Dammit I hate to think I’m slipping over into the paranoid fringe, but I can’t help thinking these are more than coincidence.

    • Kyle Becker

      Right. it’s like we need three events close enough together to have a policy mandate. Sounds crazy to think government would be in on at least one of them? Yeah, until you start reading about a little operation called Fast & Furious…

      • Keith Thomas

        3 events? There are dozens of events everyday. If anything, crime is going down. Since crime is going down, maybe we should change policy. We likely don’t need as mean police. Let’s lay several 1000 off.

    • SineWaveII

      it’s getting hard to believe otherwise. It’s either that or an effect of the bloodthirsty level of discourse we’ve reached with the election this year.

    • Keith Thomas

      There are dozens of shootings a day, every day, for years in the US, on average. Actually, crime is been trending down for years. Maybe you just started to pay attention to the news a few days ago?

      • PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Not at all, I’m well aware of the overall picture, and in particular the incontrovertible fact that in the states with more liberal firearms policy, crime drops dramatically compared to more restrictive states. More people die in Chicago every week from gang and random violence. But those shootings don’t get the public’s attention like this, do they?

  • richard

    I hope to God we don’t have a copycat event taking place.

  • Northeast Patriot

    Their site doesn’t seem to list it as a ‘victim zone’, but we don’t know what’s gone down in there.

  • v1cious

    San Antonio? As in Texas?

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      I can’t think of another off the top of my head. But yes, if you look at the original postings up top, they specify Texas. Glad to clear that up for you.

  • amabokcuf

    Probably a gun free zone…

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Twitter is saying it’s a “fight in a gang neighborhood” situation and not a ” madman on the loose” deal, but no doubt CNN and NBC won’t be interested in sharing that fact.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Twitter is more correct in this one, I think. SW Military isn’t as bad as over by Freeman Coliseum, but it’s still not an area I’d blithely walk through at night.

  • Maxwell

    First of all: Prayers going out.

    Secondly: This is bad for conservatives. A shooting in a prominently conservative state? I give Moore an hour before he starts saying all conservatives with guns are killers.

    Thirdly: Please tell me there are other people out there who think there is a deeper issue causing these murders. I mean, I see conservatives and liberals going back and forth on guns, but this many shootings in half a year? There has to be something deeper leading to these shootings.

    • $2743723

      Actually, this year is not any different from any other year, the media is just covering it differently. Remember the “Summer of the Shark” a few years back? Shark attacks were actually slightly down that year. All violence is deplorable though.

      • Maxwell

        Summer of the Shark was a little before my time. But yeah I think you’re right. But that only leaves me to ask, why is the media covering mass shooters so much? Are ratings down that much?

  • Dawgfan70

    Is it getting to the point people aren’t going to feel safe enough to leave their homes? This world is really messed-up.

  • $2743723

    Every thug wants his piece of the spotlight and infamy and the media is happy to give it to him. I think more objective, less sensationalistic coverage would help.

  • $23629333

    Relax, folks. This is just another case of urban violence.

  • Stephanie Warren

    Maybe I;’m getting a bit ‘conspiracy theory” nutty right now but all these shootings happening lately seem to be a little too… convenient.