OAKDALE, Minnesota. – Oakdale police are investigating after Hugo, 23, was gunned down at the Marcus Cinema in Oakdale on Tuesday night.
According to police, the officers were sent to the theater located at 5677 Hadley Ave. N., according to the execution protocol. When they arrived, the victim was found in Theater 17 with suspected gunshot wounds.
The suspected shooter fled the theater before they arrived and has yet to be apprehended, police said. The police do not consider this an accidental action.
The victim was taken to the Regional Hospital of St. Petersburg. Paul, where he needed an operation. Police say he is in the hospital and is expected to recover.
Those who were in the theater at the time of the shooting say the scene that followed was chaotic.
“Suddenly the cops are yelling to get out, there were probably three of them at the door,” said Angie Wright, who was watching the film at a nearby cinema. “There was a little chaos, is it true, is it really happening? Everyone went outside and plunged into a situation of complete chaos, where they searched the cars and tried to find the gunman.”
Others say the panic set in when loved ones called to break the news of the shooting.
“I think this is probably every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Chris Meads, whose daughter was in the movie at the time of the shooting. Meads says he and his wife got a phone call shortly after.
“It’s the idea that your daughter is sitting in a movie theater and literally one movie theater away from them you have someone who is bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest,” he said. “It’s just an idea that you
close to something. You start thinking about all the other shootings that have happened and you start thinking about how this could have been something as significant. ”
“You saw a lot of scenes or re-enactments of gunfights, like in the Colorado theater a few years ago. Is that what immediately comes to your mind, like, is this my time?” Wright said.
The cinema says it will be closed during the investigation. There were no other injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Oakdale Police through Washington County Dispatch at 651-439-9381.