USAF staff sergeant vet shot at movie theater by teen sitting in his reserved seat

A South Carolina man was detained after he shot a moviegoer in a North Carolina movie theater, interrupting a screening of “Us.”

18-year-old Bryant Gregory Eaves Jr., was arrested in his South Carolina home and charged with a count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Eaves opened fire following an altercation with 24-year-old Air Force Veteran William Weldon, who found Eaves sitting in his assigned seat at the Concord Mills AMC Theatre.

Weldon explained that he and his mother were assigned the seats, but Eaves decided violence was the best answer.

“I was calm about it but I guess in his mind he was like ‘I got this pistol on me so he is not about to punk me in front of his girl,’” Weldon said in a Facebook Live video. “I never came at him wrong so I don’t know what would make him think ‘Oh, I can just shoot this dude.’”

Weldon spoke about the ordeal while in the hospital bed, and thanked all who stopped to help him in his time of need.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone understanding me and the story and those of you who stopped and helped me when I was bleeding on the floor of the mall,” he said. “To the paramedics who acted swiftly on my behalf and to my military family who always support me, I say thank you.”

“Us,” is a Jordan Peele-directed film about doppelgangers trying to kill a family.

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