A deranged man caused a mass shooting panic at a Manhattan movie screening on Sunday night when he burst into the theater and began yelling about guns, sources said.
Anthony Powell, 34, of the Bronx, entered a theater in the Regal Union Square Movie Stadium at around 11:30 p.m. and began shouting “they are killing us,” according to law enforcement sources.
Powell also screamed “people with guns were killing people in the theater,” causing panic among patrons, a source said.
One moviegoer jumped from a low balcony and injured himself in an attempt to escape.
Powell then grabbed the injured man by the throat and yelled, “I got the Jew!,” according to the sources.
Some patrons suffered minor injuries when they were trampled in the rush to the doors.
The man who jumped from the balcony was taken to a local hospital with injuries to his leg and elbow.
Powell was arrested and charged with strangulation, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, and criminal nuisance.
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