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Man Accused of Shooting Movie-Goer

March 12, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ A man was charged with assault for allegedly shooting a fellow movie-goer who complained about his loud, sarcastic commentary during a screening of ``Analyze This.″

Craig Kubeck and girlfriend Karen McLean sat in front of Kelvin and Christina Kirkpatrick on Saturday, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

Kubeck, 34, began loudly criticizing McLean and the movie about a mob boss who needs counseling. After several others asked him to be quiet, Kelvin Kirkpatrick sought out the theater manager.

McLean allegedly hit Kirkpatrick as he walked past, and Kirkpatrick told her he was going to call the police. McLean then tried to block the theater exit, and Kubeck struck McLean from behind, prosecutors said.

The two men began wrestling on the floor. When Kirkpatrick was on top of Kubeck, telling him to calm down, Kubeck allegedly pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and shot Kirkpatrick in the stomach before raising the gun to Kirkpatrick’s head, court documents said.

According to court papers, Kubeck used a racial slur and yelled: ``I’m going to kill you.″ Kirkpatrick, a former Marine who is black, jammed his thumb under the hammer of the gun to keep it from firing.

Kubeck, who is being held on $250,000 bail, is to be arraigned Monday. If convicted on the assault charge, he could be sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison, plus another five years for use of a firearm.

Kirkpatrick was released Monday from Harborview Medical Center. Kubeck was treated at Valley Medical Center for injuries to his face and nose, and then jailed.