Moviegoers at a recent "Avengers: Infinity Wars" screening in California were in a state of panic after a preacher got up towards the end of the movie and screamed about death.
Michael Ray Webber, 28, of the Truth and Triumph Ministries was watching the blockbuster film at the Harkins Theater in San Bernardino last Thursday night. Near the end of the film, the preacher stood in the center and then shouted, "If you were to die tonight, would your passage to heaven be guaranteed?"
Witnesses said that people started running, pushing and shoving each other as triggered by Webber. They wanted to quickly get out of the theater for fear that a mass shooting was about to break out.
Footage from the local news also showed some people limping as they got out of the movie house. Susie Arias from the CBS affiliate in San Bernardino was at the theater with her partner and also tried to get out as fast as they can. She recalled an incident in Colorado in 2012, where a shooter open fired at a crowd while watching "The Dark Knight."
In an attempt to exit the theater, an unidentified woman reportedly jumped from the railing to land 20 feet below, but the crowd trampled on her. When the hysteria died down, she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Initial reports indicated that they were about 30 to 40 gunshots. Police, however, determined that Webber was unarmed and that there were actually no gunshots.
Speaking to the press, Webber said that when he got up to preach about God, the theater lights remained dim hence people couldn't properly see that he had no weapon. He said, "It's extremely unfortunate that anyone sustained injuries because of this."
Webber also told police that he was not on drugs or under the influence of alcohol. He only wanted to preach but instead got arrested for misdemeanor and causing mass panic.