On Sunday night, violence broke out in the Century Rio movie theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a dispute over reserved seating quickly escalated. What began as a disagreement between two couples ended in tragedy with the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old man, soon identified as Michael Tenorio.
Witnesses report that the dispute unfolded when Tenorio and his wife were moved into different seats than purchased due to an employee suggesting they sit together. There was apparently pushback from the younger couple, who had also reserved seats for the 8:50 p.m. screening of the R-rated Jennifer Lawrence sex comedy “No Hard Feelings.” Popcorn was reportedly thrown, further escalating the confrontation, leading to Tenorio pushing one of them back up against a wall and, seconds later, shots ringing out.
Enrique Padilla, 19, the man allegedly seen by Tenorio’s wife as having a green laser was apprehended after being found hiding in some nearby bushes. He has been charged with one count each of homicide, shooting at an occupied building, and tampering with evidence.
In response, the Albuquerque Police Department has taken to Twitter, asking anyone with video evidence of the incident to submit the footage to their portal, ensuring all available information is considered in the investigation.
This case is a sobering reminder of the need for respect for others and security measures in public places. Further, it serves as a testament to public information’s power in understanding a situation’s truth and ensuring justice is served.