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Theater Shooting Victim's Wife: 'Whole World Was Shattered'

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Attorney, TJ Grimaldi (left) addresses the media during Wednesday's press conference next to Nicole Oulsen (right).

Nicole Oulsen, the wife of the theater shooting victim in Wesley Chapel, spoke out for the first time Wednesday.

Her husband, Chad Oulsen, was shot by former Tampa Police captainCurtis Reeves Jr. after an argument over Oulsen's texting his infant daughter's babysitter.

The couple was on a date night without their 22-month old daughter, Alexis.

"Me and my husband didn't get a date night very often, much less a whole day to spend together," Oulsen said. "So, I was just so excited and looking forward to spending the day with the love of my life."

Reeves' defense attorney will reportedly be seeking bail for his client at the next hearing on February 5.

Oulsen's attorneys, T.J. Grimaldi  and Stephen Leal, will oppose that effort. Grimaldi said Reeves is a threat to public safety.

"Everyone with a cell phone is at risk," Grimaldi said, "I mean, you never know when this guy is going to go off again."

Stephen Leal added, "I don't know how anyone can honestly say after the circumstances of what happened in this case that anybody is going to convince the judge reasonably that the community is safe if this gentleman is out."

Oulsen said she is still recovering from the shock of events.

"Just to think that in the blink of an eye my whole world was shattered into a million pieces, and now I'm left trying to pick them up and put them all back together," Oulsen said.

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