Woman shot at Avatar screening in U.S.

Gun battle scene from AvatarA woman was shot during a packed screening of James Cameron‘s blockbuster movie Avatar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A shot rang out during a gun battle scene on screen, and though at first moviegoers thought the noise came from the film, when they realized there was a shooter, many panicked. The woman, who was shot in the ankle, remained calm and was treated by paramedics before being transported to hospital. According to police, she did not know the shooter and her injuries are not life threatening. Police found a revolver left behind on the floor of the theater. They have since arrested Dante Aikens. Chief Public Safety Officer Darren White explained, “Aikins had a weapon on him and he accidentally dropped it on the floor and it discharged, striking the victim in the back of the heel.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. demigod • January 15, 2010 @ 12:10 AM

    Slow news day..

  2. Nancy • January 15, 2010 @ 12:16 AM

    I have a great idea!

    – Full body scans at ALL theatres.
    – No bags or packages allowed in the seating area.
    – Express police escort for all celebs.
    – Hair and cavity searches.

    Hey, it’s a start. LMAO!

    Nah, seriously, some people are just idiots! It’s just too bad that the rest of society has to suffer because of their stupidity.

  3. Jen • January 15, 2010 @ 3:29 AM

    I have a better idea, people shouldnt be allowed hand guns or automatic weapons!

  4. puttputt • January 15, 2010 @ 3:34 AM

    Then the world would stop functioning according to some, Jen.

    Some people think by removing that freedom you start removing others and next thing you know, it’s a utopia society and nobody makes any money and socialism/communism is frowned upon as there is no innovation or effort/hard work. That model only works with insects where there is no greedy or laziness.

  5. Fallon • January 15, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

    Carrying around a gun, like it’s your cellphone or something…that’s just ridiculous.

    Cellphones, I am slowly beginning to tolerate…barely. But a fricken gun? Are you serious?

    “Hey, excuse me there. Do you mind not talking during the movie, thanks.”

    “What!” BLAM!!!

  6. Zana • January 15, 2010 @ 1:18 PM

    Movie theatre staff are sure going to have a tough time getting people to take their feet off of the seats and bars ahead of them now…

  7. Jessica • January 15, 2010 @ 2:43 PM

    A gun in a movie theater is too much. There is a time and place for everything, and honestly, this is not one of them.

    But I do agree with Nancy in some ways. If people are being shot theaters now, god knows whats going to happen to reinforce security in the future.

  8. Dee • January 15, 2010 @ 3:45 PM

    I guess the staff will just have to add a piece to their uniforms. That would solve everything…

  9. jackie • January 15, 2010 @ 5:54 PM

    not only is it dumb to own a gun but why is he taking it to the theatres? Did he plan to create a riot if he didnt like the movie?

  10. mitch • January 16, 2010 @ 2:07 AM

    Gilbert Arenas ?

  11. Thibz • January 16, 2010 @ 11:40 AM

    Every once and while there is Security at big screening here. Im sure its not like that everywhere but it should be looked into for public safety. It is sad that its gotten to this point but times are also different and who knows what that mans motive was or could have been. Also if he dropped the weapon A: It had to be up higher to discharge so it was probably around his waste area or B: He had it out for some reason…and dropped it. So that is suspicious. The way the article interprets it sounds like “O its ok he just had a gun out and dropped it by accident, thats all. Nothing to worry about folks”
    Kind of scary when you think about it.

  12. Chad • January 16, 2010 @ 1:12 PM

    Are you kidding me?! Why would someone find it necessary to bring a gun to a movie. It was in 3D, but it only ‘seems’ real lol. You don’t have to bring a weapon to shoot back at the screen.

    I’d hate to see this guy sit and watch a western in 3D.

  13. 879807897 • January 17, 2010 @ 3:26 PM

    I was just noticing some of the comments, to have a gun, do you mean ever or in a movie theater? because if in the movie theater I agree, they shouldn’t have it, but taking guns away from people in general(like if they had them in their houses)is kind of idiotic. Take, for instance, if all the normal good people who had guns in case of self defence or something had them banned and thus taken away; do you really think that criminals would declare they had guns and get rid of them? In all liklihood it would actually happen that they now Knew that everybody else couldn’t protect themselves or their homes and that they themselves were the only ones with weapons….I don’t think that would go well….

  14. tributegirl • January 17, 2010 @ 4:56 PM

    Exactly, 879807897, that’s why I think the long gun registry is such a farce. Well, that and many other reasons!

  15. Austin • January 20, 2010 @ 1:55 PM


    How about a IQ test before u are able to buy a gun or a criminal check? Such simple common sense are ignored, when gun shops only care about selling guns and making more money. Oh yeah, also let’s not forget why the black market also exists. It is always about the money.

  16. Austin • January 20, 2010 @ 1:57 PM

    oh yea, Thank god it was not a movie theater in Iraq. u know how that would go. Someone yells “Praise Allah” and everyone end up on the planet Navi in pieces. sorry I couldn’t resist saying this. LOL

  17. Nancy • January 20, 2010 @ 5:49 PM

    Uh, Austin, not all criminals are stupid…and not all good, law abiding citizens are smart. Just because someone passes an IQ test doesn’t mean that they won’t go out and shoot someone and vice versa, just because someone failed an IQ test doesn’t mean they will shoot someone. Most of societies problems with guns are not caused by the people who BUY the guns legitimately…although those good law abiding citizens who do things by the book are the ones who are paying for those problems while the criminals just keep running around shooting people.

  18. tributegirl • January 20, 2010 @ 9:25 PM

    Exactly. Also, think about the terrorists, even though I think they are warped, a lot, if not most, of them are highly intelligent. So I don’t think the IQ idea would work.

  19. tributegirl • January 20, 2010 @ 9:26 PM

    A lie detector test might be an idea though….

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