Police Shoot Domestic Abuse Suspect During San Diego Screening of Les Miserables

Police investigate a shooting at the Reading Cinemas in San Diego on Saturday evening, Jan. 12, 2013. Police shot and critically wounded a man suspected of chasing his girlfriend with a handgun after they found him hiding inside the movie theater. (Photo: AP)

(TheBlaze/AP) — Police shot and critically wounded a man suspected of chasing his girlfriend with a handgun after they found him hiding inside a movie theater.

Officers went to an outdoor shopping center in northern San Diego on Saturday afternoon in response to a domestic violence call, Officer David Stafford said. He said the shooting occurred inside the Reading Cinemas theater about 3:50 p.m.

No other details were immediately released.

A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said the suspect was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The owner of a business next to the theater said officers told him the armed man chased his girlfriend across a parking lot. Steve Krongard, the owner of the Nickel City arcade, said police shut down the lot, checked every car leaving the mall and went from businesses to business to look for the suspect until they found him in the theater.

Police Shoot Domestic Abuse Suspect During San Diego Screening of Les Miserables

Police officers talk with a witness near a shooting at the Reading Cinemas in San Diego on Saturday evening, Jan. 12, 2013. (Photo: AP)

“There were 20 police cars blocking the entrance, then the fire truck and the ambulance rushed in,” Krongard said. “Then we saw seven cops with what looked like rifles, then paramedics went into the theater.”

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/VTddJw ) reports the shooting occurred during a screening of “Les Miserables.” Witnesses were evacuated from the theater.

Adrian Amante, the owner of the Home Trends store, told the newspaper that people started running out of the theater and hiding behind cars.

It was the second shooting at a San Diego County movie theater in as many days.

A concession worker suffered an arm injury when a shot fired outside a San Marcos movie theater went through the lobby window and struck her, sheriff’s officials said.

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