In the wake of this morning's shooting in a Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the Connecticut State Police will be making regular checks on facilities today where people gather en masse.
“We’ll certainly increase our frequency, let’s put it that way,” said Lt. J. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police spokesman. “We’ll be visible and we’ll make additional checks of areas and large facilities where people converge.”
The and will continue to show the movie throughout the day.
The movie, which is expected to draw record crowds, has four separate showings in the Mystic theater today and 17 separate showings today in the Pawcatuck theater. Regal Cinemas has sent out a press release saying they feel for the people who were injured or killed at the Colorado theater.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragedy that occurred at a Denver area theatre and are concerned for the victims and their families,” the Regal release said. “The security and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority. As is our custom, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”
As tragic as the event was, Vance noted that this shouldn’t cause panic in the minds of the public. But in an interest of public safety, state police patrol cars will make regular checks on facilities where people gather en masse.
“But we also want people to understand that they should be vigilant and observant,” Vance said. “Some of the basic common sense measures when they go into a facility that holds many people know where the exits are.”
And, as always, if a person sees something suspicious, they should report it to the proper authorities, he said.
“We will do our part being visible and making periodic checks,” he said.
Vance said the state police are monitoring the news reports surrounding events of the Aurora, Colo., shooting, with happened early Friday morning. Because of the public concern over the incident, the state police will make themselves visible as a precaution,..