Car sound causes active shooter scare at Broward movie theater

Davie police officers responded to a call of an active shooter in Cinemark at 15601 Sheridan Street on Sunday evening.

DAVIE, Fla. – Davie police responded to a call of an active shooter at the Cinemark movie theater at 15601 Sheridan Street on Sunday evening, but they said no evidence of a shooter was found after the building was cleared.

Police said it appeared a passing vehicle backfired and the loud sound caused confusion within the theater.

It created a scare for many moviegoers who were evacuated.

“The movie cut out, the alarms went off, the intercoms said, ‘Hey, everyone please leave the movie theatres,’” said Jonathan Fernandez. “And then I followed everyone out of the movie theaters. Everyone was in a little bit of a panic.”

Fellow moviegoer Basha Nadigadda said they were left not knowing what was going on for almost half an hour, but they were offered refunds for their tickets.

No evidence of any criminal activity was located, police said. Officers checked the interior and exterior of the building as a precaution.

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Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.