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Gunman opens fire in San Antonio movie theater parking lot

Posted at 8:14 PM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 20:14:25-05

Police shot and wounded a gunman inside a San Antonio movie theater parking lot after he opened fire Sunday night.  According to authorities, the young gunman stormed a restaurant before entering the Santikos Mayan 14 theatre, firing  multiple shots and wounding a moviegoer.

The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia, had planned to go on a mass shooting spree after a breakup with his girlfriend, according to Bexar County Sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Pollard.  Garcia sent her a text saying he planned to “shoot somebody” at the restaurant.

Arriving at the restaurant Sunday, Garcia, opened fire at the restaurant’s front door, then entered and chased customers out the back of the door.  When an unmarked police car arrived, Garcia shot out the windshield of the car, not injuring the officer, according to police.

He crossed the parking lot and entered the theater, where he continued shooting — hitting one moviegoer in the back.  An off-duty officer cornered and shot Garcia in the theater bathroom.  Paramedics took him to an area hospital, where he is reportedly in stable condition.

Garcia faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault.