Movie theater gun crime?


December 28, 2008, 02:42 AM
Well, my first time posting something like this......


It has happened to all of us. You’re watching a movie at your local multiplex when a couple of people near you start talking, texting, or even begin yelling at the screen. We read quite a few movie-going horror stories in our Question of the Week. You know that feeling — The feeling that something must be done. The feeling that the offender must be stopped. You might have even have had a split-second flash of the offending persons being shut up by brute force. But for most people, or at least any reasonable person, it ends there. You might make a loud “shhhhhhh!” sound, a polite way of saying “Shut the **** up” without having to reveal your face in the dark movie theater. Heck, I usually don’t even do that.

Well, 29-year-old James Joseph Cialella Jr went to see David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the UA Riverview Stadium 17 movie theater in South Philadelphia on Christmas. Seems like the Riverview isn’t the best theater to see a movie in, read some of the hilarious reviews of the “ghetto theater” on Google or Yelp. A family seated in front of Cialella began to talk during the film, so he told them to be quiet. But that didn’t stop the younger son from making comments. He even threw popcorn angrily at the talkative son, but the talk did not stop. Cialella became so enraged that he pulled out a Kel-Tec .380-caliber handgun and shot the father in the left arm.

Then what? Did Cialella run for it? Nope. He sat back down in his seat and watched the movie as others ran from theater. The police were called and arrived shortly after, less than an hour into the film screening. It is too bad that the shooter didn’t at least get to finish the movie before being hauled off to jail. The police confiscated the weapon and arrested the shooter.

James Joseph Cialella Jr is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and weapons violations. The unnamed victim was treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and is said to be okay.

Seems really odd....Isn't there some sort of thing against mentally unstable people getting CCW permits?:D

This is probably the kind of thing that the Brady Campain (and others) like....wish it could be avoided.

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December 28, 2008, 02:46 AM
I'm guessing he didn't have a CCW permit. This is South Philly so I don't wanna stereotype but there is a good chance he probably wasn't a law abiding citizen at all.

December 28, 2008, 02:53 AM
If that guy had been judged mentally incompetent, yeah, he would be denied a CCW. However, the article did not say that he was carrying a weapon legally.
Only a psychopath would shoot someone in a movie theater and go back to watching the movie.

December 28, 2008, 03:35 AM
Already been posted,

December 28, 2008, 09:30 AM
We used to have some "friends" that were rude. They would come over to the house and poke around, open cases that didn't concern them, go through my phone call log, take 4 dinner rolls and leave nothing for anyone else... Southern hospitality being what it is, you are not supposed to say anything.

I, obviously, told my wife that I don't care how good a "friend" they are, they are not welcome here again.

She got upset, and I told her the below:

Do you know what manner and etiquette are for? What function they serve? It isn't for dinner parties and society. It is to ensure that there are some basic rules to be followed so that people do not kill each other. Seriously, it has evolved into a bloody "art" with thousands of do's and don'ts but in the beginning it was a way to educate people on the art of survival. Those things are not being taught at all, the consequences are not being grasped, having manners is something the other guy does because he is "afraid" and that they don't apply to you anyway...

While I think the guy is stupid, I sympathize with his cause.

December 28, 2008, 11:35 AM
Thanks, didn't see that.

December 28, 2008, 11:42 AM
In a way, he completely psychotic and should be put down like a rabid dog.

In a way, he's a hero of the common man.

Please refer to Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

Sometimes you just need to unload a full auto weapon into the ceiling so you can get your damn Whammy Burger.

December 28, 2008, 11:54 AM
sitting through that movie was almost as painful as getting shot...I say he got off lucky

December 28, 2008, 12:03 PM
It would have been polite to use a silencer.

Jeff White
December 28, 2008, 03:38 PM
Duplicate thread.

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