One teenager was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting inside a Southern California movie theater Monday night, local police said.
The Corona Police Department reported that officers responded to a call for service about 11:45 p.m. at The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater in the Riverside County city.
Upon arrival, officers located a male and female both suffering from gunshot wounds. The 19-year-old male, from Corona, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old female, also from Corona, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Their identification is being held pending notification to the next of kin.
The suspect or suspects remain at large.
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According to multiple sources citing police, the film being shown was Blumhouse/Universal’s The Forever Purge, the title of which refers to a night during which all crime, including murder, is temporarily legal.
A spokesperson for Regal issued the following statement to Deadline: “We have received confirmation of an incident at our Corona Crossings theatre last night. We are currently working with the local authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.”
The Regal Edwards Corona Crossings RPX theater is located at 2650 Tuscany Street in Corona, about 50 southeast of Los Angeles. The theater was closed Tuesday, and The Forever Purge appears to be not screening there anymore.
The Corona Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau – Forensic Services is assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2330, option 3, or Senior Detective Dan Neagu at (951) 739-4916 or email [email protected]