NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teen, after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a movie theater in Wilmington.
Nikolai James Dixon Jr., who went by the name “Cheeseclazone” on Instagram, reportedly posted online that he would shoot up the AMC movie theater, located on 111 Cinema Drive in Wilmington.
The Instagram post states: “I’m going to shoot up am AMC theater in Wilmington North Carolina behind Sonic at 7:50 on October 8th. My name is Nikolai Dixon, I go to E.A. Laney High School.”
NHSO says the public and media notified them about the social media post, which led to his arrest.
Deputies add at no point did Nixon have the means to carry out any threat.
He has been charged with cyber stalking. NHSO says he posted a $2,500 unsecured bond.
We reached out to our local AMC theater, as well as the theaters at Mayfaire and the Pointe, but staff referred us to their corporate offices. We have not heard back on any official plans to change security measures.
Some movie goers said Friday night that they’re still going to enjoy the movie and think people shouldn’t let the concerns about the premiere stop them from going.
“If no one had ever caused such an incident to happen at a movie theater, we would all go to a movie theater and still feel comfortable…even if it wasn’t ‘The Joker,'” Ryan Fucaloro said. “If someone was going to see ‘Hustlers’ or something else that was out, there’s still that tingling in the back of your head that goes: ‘this could be something people do.'”
“You always have to be aware of what’s going on around you,” Chase Alfman said. “You always have to be aware of your surroundings.”
We also reached out to local law enforcement about the issue. The Wilmington Police Department says they are aware of the premiere, and they have been in touch with local theaters.