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Influencer Attacked, Friend Fatally Shot At Movie Theatre Viewing Of ‘The Purge’

by : Julia Banim on : 28 Jul 2021 19:15
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A TikTok star has been seriously injured during an attack inside a Southern California movie theatre during a screening of the new Purge movie.

19-year-old social media influencer Anthony Barajas, known to their TikTok followers as @itsanthonymichael, had been attending a showing of The Forever Purge with their friend, 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich, when the attack took place.

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Tragically, Rylee died from her injuries, while Anthony is understood to be on life support in a serious condition.

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The two teenagers were discovered by cinema staff who were cleaning up after the 9.35pm screening at The Crossings mall in Corona, a city located southeast of Los Angeles, ABC News reports.

Although detectives managed to recover evidence from the scene, they have not found a gun. Officers have also not yet provided a possible motive for the attack or made any other details about the case public.

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It’s understood that detectives are still working to identify a possible shooter or shooters, though police officers are finding it difficult due to the small audience who attended the screening.

Officer Tobias Kouroubacalis told KABC-TV there were six tickets purchased for that movie showing, adding, ‘We’re asking for anyone who might have been inside that movie, or a theatre adjacent to that, for any information at all.’

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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  1. FOX 11 Los Angeles/YouTube

    Movie theater shooting: TikTok star on life support, young woman killed in Corona

  2. ABC News

    TikTok star wounded, friend fatally shot watching 'Purge'