TikTok star shot dead in California movie theater

Anthony Barajas, a celebrity on social network TikTok, died Saturday after being shot in a California movie theater, which left another victim, local police said.

The young man, 19, and one of his friends, Rylee Goodrich, were attending a screening of the film “American Nightmare 5: Without Limits” on Monday at a movie theater in Corona, a town about 75km from Los Angeles, when a man came and opened fire.

The film is set in a dystopian future where all crimes, including murder, are legalized one day a year. The two friends, who were among the few spectators who came that evening, had been discovered by cinema staff at the end of the session.

Rylee Goodrich had died at the scene while Anthony Barajas, seriously injured, was taken to hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning, Corona police said.

A suspect apprehended

Anthony Barajas, known online as “itsanthonymichael”, had nearly a million subscribers on the TikTok social network, where he posted short videos documenting his daily life.

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Police arrested a 20-year-old suspect, Joseph Jimenez, but said they were looking for a “gratuitous attack”.

The country recorded more than 19,000 gun murders in 2020, a year marked by an upsurge in homicides in all American cities.

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