As you will recall, the Aurora mass shooting left 12 dead and 58 injured at a Century 16 theater in Colorado.
The same chain was hit again. It was at a Century 14 theater at 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday night, August 14th, in Nevada, which found another moviegoer hurt in a shooting. But this time it occurred when a 56-year-old man shot himself in the buttocks during a showing of The Bourne Legacy.
“There was no panic in the theater as only five people heard the shot out of the approximate 30 people in attendance,” police said.
The threats were made in multiple states, but nothing suspicious was located, Mayton said. A threat was also phoned into the corporate office.
All of the threats concerned the action movie The Expendables 2, which opened Friday, Mayton said.
"We acted very quickly to make sure our patrons are safe," Mayton said by phone Friday afternoon.
Officers were dispatched to check Carmike theaters through the South. Carmike owns 233 theaters with 2,236 screens in 35 states. It the fourth largest theatre company in the United States. Carmike was founded when Carl L. Patrick, Sr. acquired Martin Theatres from Fuqua Industries in 1982. The theater name comes from a combination of Carl L. Patrick, Sr.'s two sons, Carl Jr. and Michael, hence Carmike.
Media outlets Friday reported police searching theaters in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina. NBCChicago.com showed aerial video of law enforcement agencies setting up outside a theater in Morris, Illinois, southwest of Chicago.
Man Carrying Gun Arrested
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in a coincidence (?), reported a man carrying a gun and knives was arrested Thursday night, August 16th, at the Carmike 15 theater in Columbus, Georgia. Investigators said they do not believe the 23-year-old man is responsible for the bomb threats.
Joshua L. Vardeman, 23, who faces three misdemeanor charges, had purchased a ticket for a special screening of The Expendables 2 and tried to enter carrying a computer bag, police said.
Vardeman was stopped by an officer, who found a 9 mm automatic handgun and several bullets.
Investigators also searched Vardeman's car and home, but no explosive devices were found. Vardeman was released from jail at 5 a.m. after posting $1,076 bond, police said.
On November 16, 2011, the production received a fine (of between $343–$3,440) from the Bulgarian environmental protection agency for unlawfully removing shrubs and small trees from the entrance of Devetashka Cave. Although permits had been obtained, allowing sets to be built in the area, including a bridge directly to the cave, environmentalists complained that filming may damage the cave, the habitat of approximately 40 endangered species. To avoid further problems, the producers agreed to not film explosions, car chases and fires near the cave.However, later that month Bulgarian environmentalists claimed that the bat population in the cave had been reduced by up to three quarters-from approximately 30,000 recorded in 2010 to 8,000 in 2011. Nikolay Simov of the Center for Bat Studies and Protection at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences blamed The Expendables 2's production for the reduction...On February 23, 2012, a Bulgarian court ruled that the crew had violated the law of their filming permit.
As I continued, on the 10th, "The conjunction of several threads are coming together when you begin to realize that many religious groups are holding their services in movie theaters during non-movie mornings."
Be alert. Be safe.