COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - A northeast Ohio man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month’s deadly Colorado theater shooting, his attorney said Tuesday.
“With the recent shooting in Colorado, and the other incidents around the country in regards to threats, he felt that he needed protection,” Bruce said.
Bruce said he was referring to movie theater threats made after the deadly July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a 24-year-old man is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight showing of the same movie.
Bruce said his client “felt a sense of fear” about going to a theater, and chose the Batman movie by complete coincidence.
“Any weapons he may have had on him were solely for protection,” he said.
Smith brought the weapons to a Regal Cinemas theater in Westlake, just outside of Cleveland, and seated himself in the middle of the theater’s back row a half hour before the movie started, police said.
“Why pick that movie? Why that theater? Why sit in the back all the way like that? Why bring the gun?” he said. “There’s several unanswered questions.”
“Our contention is that he’s drug dependent,” he said. “And as a result, he should not be possessing a firearm.”
The theater manager first noticed Smith and a beige bag he carried over his shoulder, Arcuri said. When approached, Smith told the manager it had medical supplies inside. He then showed the manager a portion of the bag that didn’t reveal the weapons.View Entire Story
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