The Cinema 62 shooting occurred at Cinema 62 theater in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on September 3, 2002, during a screening of The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Two Al-Qaeda operatives, Qutb al-Haidar and Awad el-Asam set off mustard gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms. 26 people were killed (including a federal judge, a retired military veteran, and a 2-year-old girl) and 29 others were injured, 16 of them from gunfire. The shooting ended when the shooters committed suicide via gunshot. It was the deadliest shooting in Alabama until the 2011 University of Alabama shooting in Huntsville.

The shooting prompted an increase in security at movie theaters across the U.S. that were screening the same film, in fear of copycat crimes. It led to a spike in gun sales in Alabama and political debates about gun control in the United States.

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Victims

  1. Jack Gorelova - October 14, 1967 (34 years)
  2. Mara Conner - May 11, 1989 (13 years)
  3. Frederick Benjamin Bergstrom - July 27, 1929 (73 years)
  4. Mark Christmas - January 31, 1944 (58 years)
  5. Gina Dorres - July 21, 1956 (46 years)
  6. Bruno Harris - May 30, 1975 (27 years)
  7. Andy Mason - April 21, 1965 (37 years)
  8. Felix Cabaniss - June 11, 1934 (68 years)
  9. Miriam Heinricks - February 24, 1962 (40 years)
  10. Augie Daniels - June 17, 1980 (22 years)
  11. Anna Hues-Davis - July 14, 2000 (2 years)
  12. Johnathan Newman - March 4, 1945 (57 years)
  13. Barney Peterson - August 14, 1951 (51 years)
  14. Ricardo Noboa - September 18, 1964 (37 years)
  15. Tina Haverick - June 22, 1954 (48 years)
  16. Jamie Fergus - May 13, 1981 (21 years)
  17. Wellington Dempsey - May 21, 1918 (84 years)
  18. Finn Brenton - July 12, 1961 (41 years)
  19. Alexandra Hartfield - December 21, 1971 (30 years)
  20. Warren Cook - March 30, 1942 (60 years)
  21. Nick Rivera - November 3, 1950 (51 years)
  22. Jean-Baptiste Portier - August 12, 1949 (53 years)
  23. Mickey Faber - April 24, 1962 (40 years)
  24. Louise Devon III - July 2, 1945 (57 years)
  25. Dennis Kurtz - November 21, 1980 (21 years)
  26. Julianne Fraser - March 1, 1936 (66 years)
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