An 18-year-old woman was killed and a 19-year-old man was badly injured, in a shooting at a screening of “The Forever Purge” in Corona on Monday night.
Police have yet to identify a suspect in the case or make any arrests. Police were called around 11:45 p.m. on Monday, after the screening at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Corona Police Department. The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The names of the victims have not been released, pending notification of relatives.
“The Forever Purge” is the fifth installment in the “Purge” franchise, which is premised on the idea of an annual ritual when murder and mayhem become temporarily legal.
A police spokesman told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that it was not clear whether a third person shot both victims, or if the shooting was an attempted murder-suicide. The spokesman told the paper that the victims were discovered by a theater employee who came in after the screening ended. No gun was found at the scene, according to the paper.
Six tickets were sold for the screening, according to the newspaper, and detectives were trying to track down the other moviegoers.
In a statement, Regal Cinemas said it was working with local investigators.
“We have received confirmation of an incident at our Corona Crossings theatre last night,” the company said. “We are currently working with the local authorities regarding the investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our guests and staff.”