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Cops: Man With Loaded Gun Arrested at 'The Dark Knight Rises' in New Haven

Eyewitnesses reported a gun was exposed, tucked in the waistband of the man, who sat in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

Updated on August 8th at 9:59 a.m.:

A mug shot of the man allegedly carrying an exposed loaded gun, Sung H. Hwang, has been released by New Haven Police.

Original Story:

At 10:11 p.m. on Aug. 7, New Haven Police were called to the Criterion - Bow Tie Cinemas at 86 Temple St after theater management reported a man inside one of the theaters had a handgun.

Officers arrived within minutes and were given the suspect's description. The usher told them at least three patrons had said the armed man was inside, but it was unclear whether he was in theater one or two.

The patrons said that the suspect had a gun in his waistband on his back and it was not concealed. Theater two was featuring the film 'The Watch.'

That theater was searched by the first arriving officers. Officers then moved to theater one, which had about a dozen patrons inside. The Batman film, 'The Dark Knight Rises' was featured there and had not yet begun to play. 

The theater house lights were illuminated as Officers entered. Patrons were told to raise their hands and file from the theater. As they exited they were patted down and escorted outside.

Officers identified the suspect and with weapons drawn, ordered the suspect to put his hands up. He allegedly remained in his seat while using his cell phone.  

He allegedly did not comply with the officers' commands, and was taken into custody by force. Officers allegedly removed a loaded handgun from the suspect's waistband at the small of his back.

The armed man, Sung H. Hwang, age 46 of New Haven, was handcuffed and removed from the theater. Hwang possesses a valid State of CT permit to carry a pistol.

The theater had received no threats prior to this incident.

Hwang was arrested and charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Theatergoers who were viewing the 10:20 p.m. screening of 'The Watch' described Hwang as wearing a v-neck shirt and jeans. "Some guy had a gun showing under his belt. He was walking behind us."

When the man walked past the theatergoers, they saw he had a gun tucked into the back of his pants. They believed he was not on his way into 'The Watch.' "We talked to each other and then we talked to the manager [of the theatre]," said one of the theatergoers.

Attorney Scott McMillan of San Diego left a screening 'Ted' with his family at midnight. McMillan was not aware of the alleged armed man, but said he "felt safe" knowing that the alleged armed man had a permit.

Sean M August 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
He had a permit. He was simply sitting watching a movie. The police had no business stopping him, let alone arresting him. When you have a carry permit in CT, you can carry open or concealed. Unfortunately, the police do not always know this. There was no probable cause to stop him. I hope he sues and wins a lot of money
JYD August 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Armed man sitting in a public place that refuses to comply with a police request? I fully support the right to carry arms, but you also have to exercise a little common sense. The police don't know if he has a permit or not, nor does the public. Does carrying a gun put you above the law whereby police directives can be ignored? Why did everyone else comply, but he did not? If you want to carry a weapon, you carry the responsibilities that go along with it. Obviously, this man does not have the required common sense to carry a weapon (concealed or otherwise).
Sean M August 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Armed man sitting in a theater on private property. I have not seen any information he was doing anything wrong. The police did not have probable cause to stop him. Carrying a gun is not grounds to stop someone. Given the track record of law enforcement in this state, I suspect he was just sitting there watching a movie.
John Doe August 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Shawn, clearly you are a moron. As is the idiot who brought his legal gun to the theatre. After the nightmare in CO perhaps the legal gun toting moron should have left it home or concealed it. Do you think the people in the theatre knew he had a license???? I think not. He is a jerk who was looking to create attention and he did. They should revoke his permit because guns dont kill people, stupid people with guns kill people.
Sean M August 09, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Dear John, Thanks for the I am a moron comment. When someone cannot debate, they resort to name calling. Tell that to all those people who were murdered in CO. Would they have been morons for being armed and defending themselves? Why should someone leave their firearms home? It is a right to carry a firearm. The problem here are the people who unnecessarily panicked. From what I have seen, he was simply sitting there watching a movie. There is nothing illegal about that. The police were wrong in their response, as were the people who called the police.
John Doe August 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Dear Shawn, ok i appologize for the moron comment. However, I do completely disagree with your opinion. I feel you are missing the point. He should have concealed the weapon completely and not let anyone see it. He was not carrying it in a holster. It was tucked into the back of his pants outside of a shirt. If he has a license to carry a gun that is fine however based on the incident in colorado he should not have had it hanging out of his back. Again, he is a moron who was looking for attention and he got it.
Sean M August 10, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Not as simple as you think. There is no requirement on how to carry in CT: open or concealed. He absolutely had a right to do it. The problem are all the people who freaked out. The cops were completely out of line and I hope they are sued. This article gives a great education on the law. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/armed_man_arrested_at_batman_movie/ The CO shootings were in a town that bans carry. School shootings happen because only killers have guns. When was the last time a mass shooting happened at a gun store or range? People can carry and have the gun exposed. Anyone who carries knows that.
MSB August 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
It amazes me that the author can write an article and embellish a bit to sound drastic, and then the catch at the end is the 'suspect' had a permit to carry, which he does not mention until the last sentence. Cute. If the reader had the information that the man had a permit to carry right away, then the rest of the article just sounds like a lawsuit ready to happen. Please refer to following article about the aftermath of this by same author next day (Note my comments): http://oxford-ct.patch.com/articles/man-arrested-with-gun-in-new-haven-theater-calls-charges-baseless-video
MSB August 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Revised title for article: Cops: Man With Loaded Gun Arrested at 'The Dark Knight Rises' in New Haven, Suspect Has Valid Permit to Carry
Sean M August 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Try Cops illegally stop and arrest law abiding citizen at movie in New Haven
Craig Zac August 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The problem of open carry is this: 1: A guy gets a permit to carry, buys big gun, figures, "If everyone can see I'm strapped, no one will mess with me". Guy straps on gun, goes out for ice cream, feels more confident than ever, even has a bit of a strut in his walk.no more fear. guy buys ice cream, walking home he is so into his vanilla cone he doesn't notice the guy walking up fast behind him. suddenly, guy with cone is waking up on the sidewalk with a really bad headache and finds he is weaponless,there is now another illegal gun on the city streets. 2: Guy decides if he openly carries, he'll be safe.he goes to city, feels safe, he is walking to a restaurant with his girl. two guys walk up to him and ask the time, guy looks at watch, looks up and gets a shot to the face, he goes down, second thug grabs his gun and runs off,another stolen gun makes its way to the street. 3: Guy straps on gun in holster on hip like a cowboy, is out at bar.. drunken fool sees the gun and the guy carrying it doesn't look too tough, the drunk goes up and says "yeah, big tuff guy needs a gun to fight his battles, I bet if it weren't for that gun, I could kick your butt. I bet you would even be to scared to use it. c'mon tuff guy, shoot me, shoot me big man, I bet you cant, you're a wuss if you dont pull it out now, shoot me! c'mon." loud mouth gets tossed out of bar, you sit there with a gun on feeling like a schmuck. no girls talk to you for the rest of the night.

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