Man arrested after making shooting threat at 'Star Wars' showing
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A man is behind bars after he made threats to start shooting inside of a Town Square movie theatre.
That man interrupted the Last Jedi star wars movie the day it opened in theatres, sending people running from that movie.
Police say they suspect identified as Gary Williams was a homeless man.
They say he was sitting inside the movie and became disruptive when people asked him to quiet down officers say he made some serious threats.
This happened around 4:00 p.m. on December 15, the day that movie premiered multiple people called police as guests began running out of the auditorium fearing for their safety.
The theatre had to stop the show and turn on the lights. At that point, police say Williams left the auditorium and was carrying some sort of bag. Police eventually arrested him but said he did not have a gun, just an umbrella wrapped in a blanket.
People we spoke to say they understand why moviegoers feared for their lives after incidents like the Colorado Theatre shooting in 2012 where 12 people were killed and at least 70 others injured.
The shooting in a Lafayette, Louisiana theatre in 2015 where a gunman opened fire killing two people and injuring 11 others.
And of course, the mass shooting that happened right here in Las Vegas on October 1st.
"That's kind of messed up, why would you be in the theatre yelling that? with what happened at Mandalay Bay recently I can understand why people would take it seriously," said Damian Prukop who works near Town Square.
Williams is behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center, being held on a $20,000 bond, he is set to appear before a judge on Wednesday morning.