Update: San Antonio’s KSAT News is reporting that the man charged with last night’s movie theater shooting is 19-year-old Jesus Garcia.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s department says Garcia began shooting at China Garden restaurant, where he was employed.
Garcia then made his way to the parking lot, where he fired on a police car. The officer wasn’t hurt, but a bystander outside was struck and wounded.
The gunman then ran into the movie theater, with an off-duty Sheriff’s deputy on his heels. Inside the theater, he exchanged fired with the deputy, who shot him four times. Garcia, however, is expected to recover.
According to the Sheriff’s department, a recent breakup with another China Garden employee may have been the catalyst for the shooting.
9:50 a.m.: Just two days after Adam Lanza’s murderous shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 27 dead, including 20 young children, a lone gunmen fired shots inside and outside of a movie theater in San Antonio, Texas. Authorities said two people were injured. The shooter, whose identity has not yet been released, was stopped when he was wounded by an off-duty police officer.
According to CBS News, the first shots rang out around 9:25 p.m. last night, leaving people running for their lives in what was thought to be a repeat of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre on July 20. Bexar County Sheriff’s spokeman Louis Antu told press that shooter started firing in a nearby restaurant and continued into the theater.
At one point, the gunman took aim at a marked San Antonio Police Department cruiser, a crime Antu said was “automatic attempted capital murder.” Shortly after, an off-duty cop who was working security at the theater fired on the shooter, wounding him. The suspect was taken to the hospital, but wasn’t immediately charged. More updates as they come.