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Neighbor: Wesley Chapel movie theater shooting victim Chad Oulson a sportsman and family man

8:52 AM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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Wesley Chapel --  It happened in an instant, and it's mindboggling to friend and neighbor Joseph Detrapani.

"I can't understand how it went where it went, just by the type of person Chad was," said Detrapani.

It's hard to make sense of what's happened. The shooting death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson has shocked the quiet Land O'Lakes community he called home.

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Oulson was about to watch the film Lone Survivor with his wife, Nicole, at the Cobb 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel when he allegedly got into an argument with another moviegoer over his texting during previews.

Curtis Reeves, 71 years old and a former Tampa police officer, allegedly shot and killed Oulson during that argument.

According to neighbors, Oulson loved sports, motocross, and traveling, and was a finance manager at Sky Power Sports in Port Richey. Facebook photos show him happy with his family, a 3-year-old daughter and his wife.

"She is a wreck. She just lost her husband, father of their little girl, over something that should never had happened whatsoever," said Detrapani.

Nicole is a manager at USAA. The Oulsons are a very popular couple both professionally and socially, and the shocking speed of this tragedy will take years to subside.

"The whole community is going to suffer a huge loss by this," said Detrapani.

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