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Cobb Theatre's Grove 16 and CineBistro reopens after deadly shooting

6:59 AM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
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Wesley Chapel, Florida-- The doors re-opened at the Cobb Theaters in Wesley Chapel Wednesday night- just 48 hours after the tragic shooting that left a local husband and father dead.

Movie goers were few and far between, but plenty of security was on hand. Most of the films played to thin crowds. No one had a cell phone or was texting.

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Chad Oulson, 43, was shot and killed after witnesses say the man behind him, retired Tampa Police Captain Curtis Reeves, grew angry that Oulson was texting in the theater before the movie began. 

Though crowds at the theater were sparse, the community still rallied around the victim's family this night. Oulson's friend Joseph Detrapani organizing a memorial ride with all donations and proceeds going to Oulson's wife, Nicole to help her cover expenses.

"We're just trying to support his family. He has a three-year old little girl who is going be needing thingsm and he wont be around to do it, so we want to give his family all the help we can," said Detrapani.

Nicole Oulson was also injured in the shooting. The bullet went through her hand as she tried to push her husband out of harm's way.

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There is also a facebook page dedicated to Oulson, announcing a memorial fund to directly benefit his family.

 

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