In the wake of the Colorado shooting, moviegoers in the Valley are questioning the safety at local theaters. Some diehard Batman fans said the shooting has tarnished the movie they waited years to watch. While many plan to watch it again, some admit they will now have their guard up.
"It's just a sad day when someone would try to take advantage of innocent people who are looking for a good time," said Henderson resident Tim Wheeler.
Wheeler has never met any of the victims of the Colorado tragedy. However, he's sad knowing they're dedicated Batman fans just like him. He also never had to think about security at a movie theater until now.
"Typically, I go to the movies by myself, but with something like this, I should take a couple of friends with me," Wheeler said.
Other fans echoed Wheeler's concerns.
"Now you think twice and wonder about the person next to you a little bit more," said Jay Bosworth, owner of Maximum Comics.
Rave Cinemas assistant manager Scott Ellis called the shooting "random" and maintains his theater is safe. He said they already have beefed up security measures, including two armed officers in uniform at night.
"We never have an incident," Ellis said. "Those kinds of incidents would never happen here."
Randy Sutton, a retired Metro police officer, agreed, saying people shouldn't be paranoid but prepared and aware.
"In the event you do run into a threat like this, the first thing is to assess very quickly is where is the shooter? Where am I? Is there an exit close by?" Sutton said. "Is the best thing for me to do to drop down and get out of the line of fire?"
That's information Wheeler will take with him when he watches the movie again. This time, he said he will watch it with a heavy heart.
"If you are going to close out the opportunity to go see this, you are letting tragedy win," he said.
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