Shots were fired at Concord Mill’s AMC theater
The terror became all too real for horror movie fans attending a Sunday screening of “Us” in North Carolina, police say.
The Concord Police Department says it arrested a teenaged suspect in the shooting of another patron Sunday at the AMC Concord Mills 24 movie theater, inside Concord Mills Mall.
The suspect, identified as Bryant Gregory Eaves Jr, was found Monday in South Carolina, police said in a press release.
The shooting occurred at 6 p.m. Sunday, and police arrived to find a male with a single gunshot wound, said a release. The wound was not life threatening, officials said.
Concord is about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte, in Cabarrus County.
Fox46 quoted AMC Concord Mills 24 patrons as saying the shooting occurred 15 minutes into a showing of the horror movie “Us” and “the theater went black.”
“Us” packed theaters over the weekend, opening at the No. 1 spot with $70 million in box office receipts, according to Box Office Mojo.
The shooting was the result of an argument over seating in the theater, and was not considered an “active shooter situation,” said a statement issued by police.
The victim was identified as William Weldon, according to the Concord Police Department. WCNC is reporting he was shot in the leg and that patrons described seeing a “trail of blood” at the site.
Concord Police officials say the suspected shooter, 18-year-old Bryant Gregory Eaves Jr., of Indian Land, S.C., is now charged with assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
Eaves was being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center early Tuesday, awaiting transportation to Cabarrus County, said the release.
Patrons reported the scene inside the mall was “chaotic” with people “running and falling over each other,” according to WSOC.
“It sounded like gunshots, it sounded like popping noises and everyone started running so I started running so I didn’t have to be in the chaotic moment,” mall patron Brach Walker told WSOC.