Shoot-Out in the Movie Theater

The next incident was a reminder of the state of the Chinese military at that time in Shanghai. It happened at the old Victoria movie theater where a sailor from the Kuomintang Chinese Navy took offense at something, pulled out his side arm and shot a Kuomintang Army officer. There were several other military men in the theater; they pulled out their guns and took sides with their own branch of the service. Finally the Shanghai Constabulary (Kuomintang Police) entered the fray, and shots echoed through the theater; the patrons dived for the door. I had been in that very movie theater the day before so I could easily visualize the scene.


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