Margot Moore and Steven White were looking for a laugh. They took their daughter to the Regal 16 in downtown Stockton to see ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.’
“It was so loud. Like… BAM,” said Moore.
It’s a movie about Hart’s stand-up tour. But the couple never got to see it.
“Got out on my hands and knees. And my daughter was sitting in front of me, so I start crawling on the ground. Mind you, everyone is panicking,” Moore recalls.
She was fleeing the theater on hands and knees, she says, after a gun blast that was most definitely not part of the show.
An anonymous security guard showed FOX40 a spent shell casing he says was found outside the theater that night.
Stockton Police say the theater manager made a report the next morning that he’d found a shell casing inside the theater.
But as it was happening, “I was panicked. My heart jumped out of my chest. And I said I’m getting ready to call police. (The theater manager) said ‘no’,” Moore told FOX40.
So we went to see the theater manager ourselves.
“I don’t know anything about that,” said the manager who was working Sunday.
He gave me a phone number for the general manager.
“That’s pretty serious, telling somebody not to call police,” I pointed out when I got the general manager on the line.
But he wouldn’t tell me what happened, or why. Instead he claimed we were harassing him with our questions.
Meanwhile, Margot and Steven say they won’t be going back to the cineplex. After all, the way they see it, the gunman or the gun, could still be inside.
“Why wouldn’t you go check other movie theaters? Why wouldn’t you shut down for other’s safety? They had no idea what was going on,” Margot said.