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Woman shot dead and man wounded in California movie theater during showing of The Forever Purge

A teenage woman was shot dead and a teenage man was injured at a California movie theater on Monday during a showing of the horror film The Forever Purge, cops said on Tuesday.

The woman, 18, and the man, 19, were attending a showing of the film at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings the film when gunshots rang out around 11:45 p.m., the Corona Police Department said in a news release. 

Cops said that the woman died at the scene and the man was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Forever Purge, which is the fifth installment in the successful Purge franchise, follows a migrant couple and the wealthy ranchers they work for in a dystopian version of the United States in the year 2048 in which the government allows all crime for a 12-hour period - including murder.

A teenage woman was shot dead and a teenage man was injured at a California movie theater on Monday during a showing of the horror film The Forever Purge

The woman, 18, and the man, 19, were attending a showing of the film at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings the film when gunshots rang out around 11:45 p.m.

Cops said that the woman died at the scene and the man was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries

Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis told the Press Enterprise that he did not know if cops would be investigating whether the movie's theme could be related to the shooting.  

An employee found the teens after the movie ended, the outlet reported. Cops have found no witnesses or surveillance camera footage indicating a possible suspect.

The relationship between the two teens was not immediately clear, and it was also not known if the teens were shot at by a third person or if the shooting was an attempted-murder suicide. 

Kouroubacalis told KTLA that the weapon that fired the shots has not been found.

The Forever Purge is the fifth installment in the successful Purge franchise

It follows a migrant couple in a dystopian version of the United States in the year 2048 in which the government allows all crime for a 12-hour period - including murder

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Leven Rambin in a scene from 'The Forever Purge,' directed by Everardo Valerio Gout

He added that six tickets had been sold for the movie showing and has asked potential witnesses to come forward.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Corona Police Department for more information and additional comment.

Employees told the Press Enterprise that the theater was closed on Tuesday, and gave out free tickets to moviegoers.

The city of Corona is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. 

The shooting cam just one week after the ninth anniversary of the 2012 shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight rises. 

During that shooting, James Holmes set off tear gas grenades and shot into the crowd of hundreds - killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. 

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