Deputies say Edward's Theater employee shot with stray bullet in San Marcos

Investigators: Bullet came from outside theater

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Sheriff's deputies on Saturday continued their search for the person who fired a gunshot through the front door of a San Marcos movie theater, wounding an employee inside.

However, no suspect information was released to the public on Saturday.

The victim was taken to a Palomar Medical Center for treatment. Her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening and she was expected to recover, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Schaller said.

Deputies were sent just before 9:10 p.m. to the 1100 block of West San Marcos Boulevard near the Edwards San Marcos Cinema on a call that the employee appeared to have been struck by a bullet fired from outside, Schaller said.

Investigators suspected the gunshot came from the theater parking lot or from San Marcos Boulevard, Schaller said. The bullet shattered a glass door that faced the parking lot, he said.

The bullet left a 3-inch hole in the door, which was to the left of the ticket booths, but most of the shattered glass did not fall to the floor, according to U-T San Diego.

It did not appear the victim or the theater was intentionally targeted, Schaller said.

Deputies surrounded the area but had broken down their perimeter an hour after the shooting, sheriff's Lt. Scott Amos said.

Gang detectives and detectives from the San Marcos Sheriff's Station were called to investigate, Schaller said.

The theater was not closed, but one screening was stopped and areas were roped off for the investigation, a local television station reported.

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