Movie Theater Shooting

29-year-old James Joseph Cialella was arrested in Philadelphia Thursday night for shooting another patron at a movie theater because the man and his family were talking during the movie.
Police said Cialella told the man's family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man's son. The victim, whom television reports identified as Woffard Lomax, told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Cialella carrying the weapon, a .380-caliber handgun, in his waistband, police said.

Lt. Frank Vanore called the incident "scary that it gets to that level of violence from being too noisy during a movie."

The 31-year-old victim was released from the hospital and had no comment. Cialella faces six charges, including attempted murder. Link -Thanks, Geekazoid!

(image credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

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I just got back from watching Friday the 13th. I'm white, so is my boyfriend. I'm 25 and he is 30, we live in south georgia. So obviously we our the minorities in our town of 95% black people. There were 4 black people sitting directly behind us in a sold out showing. I had to listen to them talk on their phones, yell don't touch his weed, and he is about to die!! over and over. The guy kept yelling behind my head every time he saw someone in the movie that they were dead. He dead, he dead, she dead, he dead cause he white!!! He dead, she dead, he ain't dead cause he black. etc.... I finally turned around and said. THEY ARE ALL GOING TO BE DEAD, SHUT THE FUCK UP! I was surprised that they actually shut the fuck up. I thought I would be jumped or something. I just wish I had said it sooner. The one black girl did whisper, damn you made that girl tell you to STFU, and man it really is Friday the 13th up in here. But than beautiful silence. My boyfriend was laughing tho. No offense to black people, but don't use your cellphones, and don't hoot and holler in the damn theater.
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Being a life long Philly resident I can say I'm not surprised by this. After all we are the "City of Brotherly Love"... with a baseball bat. We're the only American city to bomb a whole city block down (the Move indecent), ice-balled Santa at a football game and home to serial killer Gary Heidnick. Philly knows love.
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And, oh yeah. The WORST and LOUDEST talkers, in my experience, are middle-aged white couples and groups! Never teenagers. Also, if teenagers DO make noise, they're APOLOGETIC about it. I have no idea why this is true, and I agree that it seems like the opposite of what you'd expect, but I've seen it a zillion times around here. Maybe it's something about this area???
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Well, I've never carried a gun into a movie theater. But I've come very, VERY!!! close several times to just flat-out attacking loudly talking people in movie theaters before my doctor started me on a combination of Lamictal and Topamax, two drugs that work to control my temporal lobe epilepsy (and nothing worked until we found these two, I might add). Uncontrollable rages are very common with TLE, pretty much the trademark in fact, and that *might* be exactly what this guy's problem was. TLE is not that uncommon-- mine was caused by a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, which is how a lot of people get it. So don't assume that this person was just a complete jerk. People need to be aware of what TLE sufferers are going through-- there is virtually NO public awareness, and most of us go MANY years without the right treatment.

Also, maybe the rude jerks who think movie theaters are their private living rooms and they can talk as loud as they want will LEARN from incidents like this--hey, the Topamax is pretty amazing stuff for controlling the insane rages, but I still reserve the right to hold strong opinions about the whole issue. ;)
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