(Los Angeles) Anthony Barajas, celebrity of the social network TikTok, died Saturday of his injuries after a shooting in a California cinema that left another victim, local police said.
Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 11:56 am
Anthony Barajas, 19, and a friend of his, Rylee Goodrich, were attending a screening of The Forever Purge at a movie theater in Corona, a town about 75 km from Los Angeles, on Monday when a man opened fire.
The two friends, who were among the few in the audience that evening, had been discovered by the cinema staff at the end of the session.
Rylee Goodrich died on the scene while Anthony Barajas was taken to hospital seriously injured.
The Corona police said he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning.
Anthony Barajas, known online as @itsanthonymichael, had nearly a million followers on the TikTok social network, where he posted short videos documenting his daily life.
Police arrested a 20-year-old suspect, Joseph Jimenez, but said they were in favor of a “baseless attack”.
“A gun and other evidence linking him to the crime scene was found in the suspect’s home,” police said.
Items were stolen during the attack, but this does not appear to be the motive, police said, who added that Joseph Jimenez acted alone and had no a priori connection with his victims.
The United States is experiencing a surge in gun violence that President Joe Biden describes as an “epidemic”.
The country recorded more than 19,000 gun murders in 2020, a year marked by a surge in homicides in all American cities.
In 2012, a heavily armed man killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater while showing The Dark Knight Rises.