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Reward Offered in Movie Theater Shooting Case

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    Surveillance video captured a gunman making a brazen robbery at The Bridge movie theater in University City.

    There is a now a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who allegedly shot a college student at a movie theater.

    Police announced the reward money Friday. Authorities are looking for the masked triggerman that allegedly shot a Drexel University student at The Bridge cinema earlier this month.

    For someone who was shot during a robbery, 20-year-old Jared is taking the whole thing in stride.

    The mellow Drexel University sophomore, who asked that his full name be kept private, was ready to catch a movie with friends at The Bridge cinema in University City on Jan. 15 when he heard what he thought was firecrackers.

    "My first thought was actually, who, um, who brought firecrackers into the movie theater," he said.

    But, what he heard was far from fireworks; they were gunshots from a robber's pistol.

    An unidentified, masked man walked into the theater and demanded money, police say. But before the robbery was finished, an off-duty Pa. State Capitol police officer confronted the man.

    The gunman opened fire on the cop hitting him in the shoulder and Jared in the leg, breaking his femur.

    "I heard the shots, looked over and then I fell down," the college student recalled.

    As people -- including the gunman -- scattered from the packed lobby, two friends stayed with Jared until authorities arrived.

    "They were very helpful, but they were obviously in shock too," he said.

    However, despite the trauma, Jared smiled for news cameras as he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

    "I was happy that I was alive, you know, all things considered it was very lucky he just shot my leg," he said.

    That suspect remained at large two weeks after the shooting.