“Why wouldn’t you expect it right now?” Witness rattled but not surprised by theater recordings in Oakdale

OAKDALE, Minnesota (WCCO) — A gunman is on the run after opening fire at a suburban Twin Cities movie theater.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on Tuesday at the Marcus Cinema in Oakdale. A 23-year-old man from Hugo was injured and is expected to recover. Investigators do not believe the shooting was random.

Robert Baril, a comedian, was at the cinema with his wife. They were enjoying a date night watching the new Elvis biopic when shots rang out.

“On the one hand, it’s unexpected,” he said. “On the other hand, it’s like, why not expect it at this point? [Shootings] happen in schools, churches. †

Gun violence is more common in Minnesota. Crime analysts report 78 homicides in Minnesota this year, keeping pace with the record of 201 homicides last year.

Meanwhile, Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis reports a 50% jump in how often they treat “penetrating trauma wounds,” including gunshots.

While Baril says he’ll be going to a theater again soon, he’ll probably choose to sit near an aisle or an exit.

“It’s this creepy, unsettling feeling I guess,” he said. “What are you going to do besides just not leave your house?”

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