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Widow of theater shooting victim speaks publicly for first time

Widow of theater shooting victim speaks publicly for first time

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The widow of a man shot and killed inside a Wesley Chapel movie theatre earlier this month is speaking for the first time.

At a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 2, Nicole Oulson says she still can't believe how a day of fun turned deadly for her husband Chad.

71-year-old retired Tampa cop Curtis Reeves is charged with shooting Oulson because deputies said he had been using his cell phone.

“Me and my husband didn’t get a date night very often, much less a whole day to spend together. So I was just so excited and looking forward to spending a day with the love of my life at a place of entertainment, you know family entertainment,” Oulson said. “And just to think that in a blink of an eye my whole world just got shattered in a million pieces. And now I’m left to pick them all up and put them back together.”

Nicole was also wounded in the shooting. She thanked the community for their support while she tries to put her life back together.

“And it’s so hard and it’s so unbearable. And I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers,” Oulson said.

Attorney’s for Nicole Oulson are weighing their options about a possible lawsuit at a later date. Attorney TJ Grimaldi said there's been no decision whether Nicole will file any civil lawsuits.

“We’re going to explore all options for her to make sure that we can go the full extent of the law with everything there may be. But at this point our focus is getting her through the grief and getting her through the criminal trial.” Grimaldi said.

Reeves remains in jail with no bond.

Photo Credit 970 WFLA/Sharon Parker




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