Moviegoer Sues Texas Theater Over Shooting

A moviegoer who was shot in the back at a Texas theater last month has filed suit against the theater chain for $30 million, according to the plaintiff's attorney.

The lawsuit was filed by Mario Acevedo, who was shot on December 16 while exiting the restroom at the Mayan Palace 14 movie theater in San Antonio.

Acevedo was shot by a stranger who was distressed after a breakup with his girlfriend, according to police reports. The bullet missed all of Acevedo's vital organs, and he was released from the hospital that same night.

According to the lawsuit, police had been called to the theater on several occasions prior to the incident.  Acevedo claims that Santikos Theatres, the parent company that owns the Mayan Palace 14,  failed to exercise ordinary care to ensure the premises was reasonably safe for guests.

Acevedo is seeking compensation for physical pain, mental anguish, lost wages and diminished capacity to enjoy life after the shooting.