'I assumed somebody was killed': Witness describes scene of West Manchester theater shooting
Owen Young had 30 minutes left in his showing of "Doctor Sleep" Monday night when police turned on the lights and escorted him and other moviegoers from the theater.
"There were police all over the place," said Young, of Paradise Township. "I assumed somebody was killed."
In fact, a shooting Monday night at Regal Cinemas 13 in West Manchester Township left one man dead and a woman injured, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Andre White, 22, of Cumberland County, died at 10:55 p.m. Dec. 2 at York Hospital, about 40 minutes after the shooting.
West Manchester Township Police said the second victim also was transported to York Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
The suspect fled the theater after the shooting occurred, according to police. No arrests had been made as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said they believe the shooting was not random and that there were no signs of further danger to patrons of Regal Cinemas 13 or other commercial areas at the West Manchester Town Center outdoor mall.
"At this point in the investigation, the incident is not believed to be a random attempt at a mass casualty event," a police statement reads.
On July 20, 2012, James Holmes fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, according to The Associated Press. The now 31-year-old was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In York County, moviegoer Young said when he was in the theater, he heard a large bang and thought someone might have dropped something heavy.
As he was escorted out, he realized something more must have happened.
Though Young stuck around outside the theater for a bit after it was evacuated, he couldn't see much except for a number of police still inside.
"It really makes you think," Young said. "It's very eye-opening and makes you think about life in general."
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