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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Mys­tery con­tin­ues to sur­round the fatal shoot­ing of a 10-year-old boy who was watch­ing Wreck-It Ralph in a south­ern Mex­ico City theater.

Hen­drik Cuacuas died two days after a Novem­ber 2 shoot­ing when he, his father and 12-year-old sis­ter were view­ing the ani­mated Dis­ney film, accord­ing to an con­tin­u­ing police inves­ti­ga­tion and local media reports.

Cinepo­lis, the chain own­ing the the­ater, was a Twit­ter top trend Tuesday.

Strangely, the boy’s father and oth­ers in the the­ater said that they did not hear any gunshots.

Hen­drik was hit in the head by a 9-mm bul­let at the the­atre in the rough neigh­bor­hood of Izta­palapa, pros­e­cu­tor Edmundo Gar­rido said Tuesday.

Accord­ing to an autopsy report, the vic­tim was shot from four to six feet away. It said that the bul­let entered the front of his head. Oddly, how­ever, the coro­ner was quoted as say­ing that the shooter was not nec­es­sar­ily stand­ing in front of the victim.

The boy’s father, Enrique Cuacuas, told inves­ti­ga­tors and radio sta­tion Radio W that his son was sit­ting on his right side in a full the­ater when, roughly half an hour into the screen­ing, he heard some­thing whiz past his ear, then the sound of a thud. Turn­ing to his right, he saw his son con­vuls­ing and bleed­ing from the head. He real­ized that his son had been shot.

Accord­ing to bal­lis­tics expert Anselmo Apo­daca, a bul­let passed through the building’s lam­i­nate roof, then through a sus­pended ceil­ing, and trav­eled to the upper right side of the boy’s head.

Hen­drik was rushed to a hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal condition.

Cuacuas told Radio W that he learned sim­i­lar inci­dents had taken place in the same the­ater in the past. How­ever, he did not pro­vide proof.

The head of Cinepo­lis’ legal depart­ment, Pablo Jimenez, told Foro TV that there was an inci­dent in March, “also dif­fi­cult to explain… in which a per­son received an injury to the foot.” He said he did not know if the injury caused by a gunshot.

Police have closed the the­ater as the inves­ti­ga­tion continues.

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