Colorado Shooting Prompts Heightened Awareness at Some Area Theatres
St. Peters Police haven't been asked by Wehrenberg's Mid Rivers 14, but plan to increase patrols in the area.
The mass shooting at the première of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, CO, has prompted some St. Louis-area movie theaters to consider increased security.
At approximately 1 a.m. Friday, a man wearing a gas mask entered the Colorado theater during the midnight showing of the newest Batman movie, hurled a gas canister and then began shooting, the Associated Press reported. At least 50 are injured and 12 have been confirmed dead.
Police took 24-year old James Holmes into custody for the shooting early Friday morning. No motive has been released.
The shooting has prompted movie theaters locally and across the country to work with local police.
St. Peters Police Media Relations Officer Melissa Doss said police haven't been asked by Mid Rivers 14 Cine to provide any extra security. St. Peters Police have officers routinely assigned to the theater. Doss said that, in light of the events in Aurora, extra patrol will be out around the theater and Mid Rivers Mall.
In Creve Coeur, on duty Creve Coeur police officers plan to conduct extra foot patrols inside the two AMC theatres and patrols of the lots and surrounding areas.
In Affton, movie goers can expect to see St. Louis County Police at Ronnie's Plaza.
Kelly Hoskins, VP of Wehrenberg theaters, said the only change movie-goers will see in the theater is the added visibility of managers and staff.
Managers also go through extensive panic button training and check auditoriums on routine basis.
The long-anticipated Batman movie is the third starring Christian Bale as the masked hero. It is directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Warner Brothers Studios.
The incident has prompted officials to cancel the midnight premiere in Paris.
Gregg Palermo contributed to this article.