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Indian Land teen caught in SC will face charges in NC for ‘Us’ movie theater shooting

A Lancaster County teen charged with shooting a man over a seat at the movie ‘Us’ at Concord Mills in North Carolina is expected to be extradited late Tuesday, police said.

Bryant Gregory Eaves Jr., 18, of Indian Land, is charged in the shooting of William Eldon on Sunday, police said.

Eaves is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Weldon was hospitalized after being shot in the leg.

Eaves was arrested by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies at his family home at about 6 p.m. Monday.

He was transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center and waived extradition, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

North Carolina police now have the green light to pick Eaves up and transfer him to face his charges in Concord, Barfield said.

It remains unclear when Eaves will appear in Cabarrus County criminal court for the first time.

Eaves has no criminal convictions in either South Carolina or North Carolina, according to online court records.

Concord police released video surveillance of the shooting that showed Eaves, police said.

Weldon, an Army reservist, said he walked into the theater with his mother and saw a man and woman in his assigned seats, according to WSOC-TV, The Herald’s news partner. Weldon said he showed the people in his tickets with those seats.

Weldon said he was ambushed afterward, and did not fight or argue with Eaves.

“I seen him with his back turned reach inside his pants, because I seen his arm. He reached down, aimed the gun down, shot me in the leg, then took off running,” Weldon told WSOC.

Concord police confirmed in a news release that the shooting was over seating and the men did not know each other. It was not considered an “active shooter situation,” a police statement said.

“Us” packed theaters over the weekend, opening at the No. 1 spot with $70 million in box office receipts, according to Box Office Mojo, as reported by The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte Observer reporter Mark Price contributed to this report.



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