A man was shot and
killed Wednesday night (Nov. 9) at the Loews Waterfront movie theater in Homestead,
Pennsylvania, after viewing 50 Cent’s new movie, "Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
Shelton Flowers, 30, was shot after a confrontation between
him and three other men in the movie theater’s bathroom.
According to reports, Shelton had just left the 9:00pm showing
of 50 Cent’s semi-autobiographical film.
Flowers was shot in the thigh and chest and died later at UPMC
The three men fled and witnesses have yet to come forward despite
a sizable crowd for a Wednesday night.
An off-duty officer was in the building, but the assailants
were able to escape when Flowers collapsed in front of the officer.
The movie has been pulled from the Waterfront Theater until
homicide detectives complete their case.
“This isn’t the first time violence broke out at [that]
Loews’s theater,” a local resident told AllHipHop.com. “If you ask
me Loews doesn’t have enough security for the neighborhood it’s in. It’s
sitting right in the middle of three different hoods. Rankin, Braddock and Homestead…I’m
not a 50 Cent fan, but they shouldn’t ban a movie just because violence broke
out. They should do a better job of overseeing a safe and fun environment.”
Advertisements depicting 50 Cent holding two guns caused outrage
in several U.S. cities before being released.
Billboard advertisements were pulled in various cities, including
Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
In related news, Mike Navarre, the police chief of Toledo, Ohio
asked the National Amusements movie theater chain to pull the movie as well,
fearing the flick could incite more violence.
Last month, a riot broke out in the city over a planned neo-Nazi
march, which was canceled. The movie chain denied Navarre’s request but said
they would not show the movie at any of the midnight showings.
Navarre said there
would be extra security during the film’s showing.