Poplar American TikToker Anthony Barajas died in a shooting outside a California movie theatre, reports AFP. Local prosecutors said that the shooting, which took place on Monday, was a ‘random and unprovoked’ attack.
The 19-year-old was shot on Monday at a theatre that was screening ‘The Forever Purge’, a movie about a totalitarian government that one night a year allows any crime to be committed, including murder. Barajas’ friend Rylee Goodrich, 18, was also killed in the attack, AFP quoted Corona police as saying.
After the movie ended the theater staff found the two teenagers. Both of them had been shot in the head. While Goodrich died at the spot, Barajas was immediately rushed to a hospital. Barajas died of his injuries on Saturday.
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“Based on the evidence provided to our office, this appears to be a random and unprovoked attack,” local prosecutors said in a statement Friday.
Police have charged a 20-year-old, Joseph Jimenez, in the shooting. Authorities said they arrested Jimenez from his home the day after the assault based on tips from witnesses. They also said that the attack was acting alone and did not know either of the victims.
Barajas had nearly 930,000 followers on TikTok and was a reportedly a standout soccer player in high school.
The United States has a long and painful history of deadly gun violence, in the form of a steady daily toll of shootings as well as high-profile mass killings that have targeted schools, workplaces and shopping centers.
New York saw an incident of a mass shooting late on Saturday when two men opened fire near a laundromat and barbershop in the New York City borough of Queens, injuring at least 10 people before escaping.
In March this year, 10 people were killed in a shootout at King Soopers grocery store in Bolder, Colarado.
In 2012, a heavily armed man killed 12 people in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, during the screening of the movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.