San Antonio Theatre Shooter Stopped by Off Duty Sheriff Deputy-Truth!  

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email of an account of a shooting at a movie theatre in San Antonio, Texas.   The email said an off duty officer shot a lone gunman who entered the theatre but in the aftermath of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut the media did not report this shooting.

The Truth:

The incident took place at the Mayan Palace Movie Theatre in San Antonio, according to a December 17, 2012 news report by CBS News  but the rumors of media silence about the shooting may have been exaggerated.

The shooting was also covered by NBC News that reported that a gunman, 19 year old Jesus Manuel Garcia,  was “stopped in his tracks” by off duty sheriff deputy Sgt. Lisa Castellano who was working security at the theatre that evening.  Off duty SAISD police officer, Armando Olguin, was there with his family watching a movie when he heard shots, got up and came to Stg. Castellano’s assistance to help “keep the gunman at bay until responding officers arrived.” 

Both Castellano and Olduin as well as more than two dozen other first responders were awarded medals of valor by San Antonio Sheriff Ortiz for going above and beyond the call of duty.

updated 12/31/12

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

On Sunday, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend.

After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant!

Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting? There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone.

So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened.

Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you’d like to know.