Man Shot Dead in front of His Daughter in Riga Cinema
According to eyewitnesses, many visitors even did not understand what was going on after the first of four shots as the people were going to leave the hall at the last minute of the movie, The Black Swan. At first the shooter reportedly even did not try to flee, he attempted to get away only when the guards arrived.
One eyewitness was quoted by online media as saying that one of the men involved had been disturbing other viewers all the time by rustling his pack of popcorn and loud crunching. The man, who was shot later, had been sitting two rows below the shooter. Contrary to the first reports, it was the popcorn eater who reportedly belonged to the so-called ‘new rich’ – mostly non-Latvians - judging from his behavior, manners and clothing and was shot several times by the younger man.
The victim was a 42 years old father of four, accompanied by his 14-years-old daughter, and the shooter appeared to be a 27 years old lawyer, a graduate of Latvian Police Academy, who was possessing his weapon legally and has a few more at home, as police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday morning.
You never know whether you'll return home from your nearby cinema...
P.S. On Monday, February 14, the police revealed the names of the men involved in the shooting incident. It was the young lawyer Nikolai Zykov, who behaved unseemly in the movie theater, making loud comments, rustling a popcorn bag and did not react to other viewers' remarks, according to eyewitnesses, quoted by daily Diena. The murdered person, banking expert Aigars Egle, reproached Zykov for his inappropriate behaviour.
The late Egle was a graduate of London University Master's of Finances, he studied at Riga Technical University and was a doctoral candidate in IT and computer sciences.