What a terrible tragedy today in Colorado. This could’ve happened to any one of our family members…and knowing this, my heart goes out to the families of the victims and those who were wounded.
It’s such a shame that such tragedies happen…such a cruel world we live in. I pray that God’s angels continue to protect anyone reading this post.
Now some theaters and police around the country have stepped up security at daytime showings of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in light of the massacre in Colorado.
According to news sources, many fans were undeterred by the tragedy, while others were nervous about going to see the film.
Two police officers were stationed outside the AMC theater in New York’s Times Square, which had showings of the “The Dark Knight Rises” beginning every 20 minutes. Later in the day, the officers gave way to a police cruiser that was parked out front with an officer in it.
Jimmy Baker, 40, of Harlem had been waiting since about 9:45 a.m. for the 12:50 p.m. show. “I just felt bad for the people that had to be traumatized by this entire event,” he said. But “I didn’t feel like it had any kind of effect on me. … I’m just here to enjoy a good movie.”
Stephanie Suriel, 21, of Brooklyn, waiting outside the same theater, said her mother was slightly concerned about her going to see the film. But “I’m not nervous at all because I really want to see that movie.”
Still, just to be safe, she said: “I’m going to sit in the back.”
At the Regal Gallery Place multiplex in downtown Washington, moviegoers trickled into an 11 a.m. showing. Theater employees searched patrons’ bags and purses while taking their tickets.
“I’m believing that it’s not related so much to the movie,” Steve Glaude, a 57-year-old federal employee, said of the shooting. “The movie may have been a trigger. It may not have been. We don’t know. I don’t think it was hero or villain emulation.”