Man charged in fatal ‘Forever Purge’ movie theater shooting

Man charged in fatal 'Forever Purge' movie theater shooting

A 20-year-old man is facing murder charges in the “unprovoked” fatal shooting of a teenager inside a California movie theater during a screening of “The Forever Purge,” police said Wednesday.

Joseph Jimenez was arrested late Tuesday, a day after he allegedly gunned down 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich, and left her TikTok influencer friend, Anthony Barjajas, 20, wounded inside the theater in Corona, ABC News reported.

Jimenez was arrested at his home, where police found a gun matching the caliber of the murder weapon, the Corona Police Department said in a press release.

He is charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery in the case, cops said.

“Based on statements obtained, there is no known motive and it appears to be an unprovoked attack,” police said.

Rylee Goodrich
Joseph Jimenez fatally shot 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich.
Anthony Vargas.
Anthony Vargas, 20, was left critically injured inside the theater.

Jimenez allegedly shot the pair Monday during a 9:30 p.m. showing of the latest installment of the “Purge” horror series — with the victims only found by staff after the movie ended.

The mysterious death was declared a homicide on Tuesday after investigators initially weighed whether the two were shot in a murder-suicide — but found no weapons inside the theater following an extensive search.

Barajas remains on life support after the shooting. He is a TikTok personality with more than 1 million followers.

Regal Edwards Corona Crossings & RPX.
The shooting took place during a screening of “The Forever Purge” at Regal Edwards Corona Crossings & RPX.
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Jimenez is being held on $2 million bail at the Riverside Presley Detention Center.

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