KRON (CBSLA) An 18-year-old woman was killed and a 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shot in a Corona cinema, police said on Tuesday.
“During the current filming time, apparently no one heard the shot,” said Kailyn Dillon, an employee who was not working at the time. “I know we have safety bag checks that we do every day, and unfortunately I’m not sure if it was just missed or if it was in a holster on their belt.”
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Authorities said staff found the two during the cleaning of the theater after 6 p.m. 21.30 of “The Forever Purge” at Regal Edwards Corona Crossing’s cinema.
“At some point, the employee or employees go inside the theater to complete their cleanup or go through, and that was when the 911 call was made,” Corona Police Department Cpl. Said Tobias Kouroubacalis. “[They said] that there was an unknown problem, someone was bleeding, not very specific information was given. ”
Kouroubacalis said police did not know what the call was for until officers arrived at the scene and found the two teenagers suffering gunshot wounds, though authorities said no weapon was found at the scene.
The man, identified as Anthony Barajas, was taken to a hospital in the area with life-threatening injuries. The woman, identified as Rylee Goodrich, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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“You don’t expect to like coming home from work and then finding out your cousin was shot in the back of the head,” said Ashley Cole, Goodrich’s cousin. “When there are only six people in a cinema, for me, it’s not what I imagine that someone is not going with intentions of killing someone to do.”
Barajas was a popular TikTok personality with more than 1 million followers, and Goodrich was home on summer vacation from Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
Authorities said the two participated in the film together. However, it was not immediately clear who else was in the theater with them, although records show that a total of six tickets were purchased for that performance.
“We have no suspicious information right now,” Kouroubacalis said. “We have no information that could lead us to believe that there is an active threat to our community or any surrounding community right now.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help Goodrich’s family cover her funeral expenses.
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Anyone with more information about the shooting can contact Police Director Dan Neagu at Corona at (951) 739-4916 or via email at Slaven.Neagu@CoronaCA.gov.