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NORTH FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – An altercation between several juveniles and an adult at a movie theater in Washington County ended with one juvenile shot Saturday night.
It happened at the Regal Crown Center outside Washington, Pa.
It started as an argument that turned violent between a group of teenagers and an adult who were at a screening of the movie “Us” at the Regal Theater.
“Our officers responded to Regal Cinemas in the Crown Center Mall, which is in North Franklin Township, for a report of a shooting,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Forrest Allison said.
State Police say about 26 people were inside the theater when the trouble started. They’re asking any witnesses to come forward with information as their investigation continues.
Authorities say the call claimed a group of African-American juveniles were harassing a patron who said they were making too much noise.
A witness, who did not want to be identified, said that’s not true.
“The teenagers, they were just laughing at the funny parts of the movie. They were making comments, but it wasn’t loud enough to be disruptive,” the witness said.
She says the man got out of his seat and confronted the teens. She recorded sound of the man cursing on her cell phone.
“The guy told them to shut the ‘f’ up, and then the guy went up to them. He was screaming in their face and then after that, they started fighting,” the witness said.
The teenagers and other patrons left the theater, but the fight continued in the lobby. That’s when a shot was fired.
“The adult male then pulled out a firearm and a struggle began, at what point the firearm discharged and struck one of the juveniles in the leg,” Allison said.
“He for sure started it, and he went up to them instead of going to a manager,” the witness said.
The adult male and a teenager were treated at a hospital.
The Washington County District Attorney will decide if charges will be filed.