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Theater pulls 50 Cent film after shooting

Rapper says he is saddened by murder
In this photo provided by Paramount Pictures, Curtis \"50 Cent\" Jackson, one of the most popular stars in hip-hop, makes his motion picture debut as an orphaned street kid who makes his mark in the drug trade but finally dares to leave the violence behind and become the rap artist he was meant to be in Get Rich or Die Tryin',\" the new film from six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan. (AP Photo/Michael Gibson)Michael Gibson / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

50 Cent said he was saddened by the fatal shooting at a theater where his movie “Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ was playing.

“I feel for the victim’s family in this situation,” 50 Cent said on ABC’s “The View” on Friday. “But you know, these weren’t kids. This was a 30-year-old man [who] had a dispute with three other guys.”

Shelton Flowers, 30, was shot at least three times Wednesday night after he got into an argument with another man inside a Loews multiplex just east of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County police said Flowers had just watched 50 Cent’s movie and got into a confrontation with three men in the bathroom. A fight ensued and spilled out into the concessions area, where Flowers was shot, police said.

No one has been arrested.

It was not known what movie the three men had seen, but John McCauley, the vice president of marketing for Loews Corp., said the company decided to stop showing it at the theater during the investigation.

The violence in the film prompted another theater chain, National Amusements, to end any midnight showings in a Toledo, Ohio, neighborhood where rioting occurred last month after a neo-Nazi group visited the city. Businesses were burned and looted, and bricks thrown at police.

Police raised concerns that the film might lead to more unrest.

The theater will continue matinee and evening showings, spokesman Brian Callaghan said Friday.