Popcorn, or maybe an empty soda cup. That’s the kind of thing you’d expect to find on the floor of a movie theater.
Not a shell casing.
“Man, we need more security around here. There’s a lot of crazy people now-a-days,” said Joshua Tuimavave, a theater-goer at the Regal 16 in Downtown Stockton.
People came running out of that theater by the dozens around midnight, saying someone had fired a gun inside, according to a report the theater manager made to police.
A spokesman for Stockton Police says the manager waited until the next morning to file that report.
Now officers are making their presence felt outside the Cineplex, trying to reassure the summer movie-goers.
“I actually didn’t know. If I had known, I probably would have gone somewhere else,” said Nancy Ruelas, who just got done watching ‘Turbo’ with her young niece.
Ruelas said the whole incident makes her think of something that did happen somewhere else.
“That whole shooting they had a while back. Aurora,” she said.
More than just a while back. The theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado happened one year ago Saturday.
Twelve people died. 70 were hurt.
But Stockton Police aren’t ruling out the possibility that what happened in Stockton was just an accident.
An anonymous security guard showed FOX40 a shell casing he said was found outside.
“I’m pretty sure someone picked it up inside and took it out,” he said.
Ominous litter. On the anniversary of a day when America’s favorite summer pass-time started to feel a whole lot less safe.