Police beefing up presence at area movie theaters
Police in Buffalo and Lancaster are beefing up patrols around area theaters today, in the wake of the overnight shooting in Colorado that killed 12 people and injured 59 movie patrons.
Extra officers will be at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre on Main Street downtown and at the Elmwood Regal Elmwood 16 theater in north Buffalo.
An increased police presence will also be present at the Flix Stadium 10 on the Lancaster side of Transit Road.
"It's guaranteed through the next week. [We are] looking at this as an isolated incident. We really don't feel that a continuing threat exists," said Flix General Manager Tracy Janis. "But we have a continuing awareness of what we need to do in order to provide safety and security to all our patrons and staff."
Colorado police say 71 people were shot in a suburban Denver movie theater early Friday during midnight shows of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Police arrested 24-year-old James Holmes, whose apartment four miles away was booby trapped. Police say Holmes wore body armor, used an assault rifle, a shotgun and a glock handgun.
Rep. Kathy Hochul called the mass shooting it a horrific and senseless act of violence.
"To wake up and hear this story of unspeakable tragedy is tough for everyone in this country," Hochul said. "It's absolutely devastating."