Locals, tourists and businesses all over the Las Vegas Valley are reacting to Friday morning's tragedy in Colorado. Despite the brutality and seeming randomness of the crime, it doesn't appear our community is gripped with fear.
A movie theater parking lot off Boulder Highway in Henderson was absolutely full Friday night. Nearly everyone came out to watch The Dark Knight Rises.
The chief concern among moviegoers FOX5 spoke with was the possibility of copycat killers.
"It's gonna be a freak (occurrence) unless people start deciding, hey, that guy did that – that's a great idea. I don't think so. I don't think so many people are that crazy," said one moviegoer.
"I always like to take the kids in the daytime because I'm kinda scared going at night," said Debbie Sasso, another moviegoer.
Williams Costume Company has been open in downtown Las Vegas for decades. Owner Nancy Baker gets requests for police uniforms but refuses to sell them. The events in Aurora, CO seem to confirm her concerns.
"The Secret Service has already given me a good lecture about not doing it. I never have done it," Baker said.
The Gun Store in has been selling weapons in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years. Owner Bob Irwin said the shooting spree should loosen concealed weapons laws.
"Had there been one person in that establishment that was armed, there would have been maybe a couple people hurt, but certainly not 12, and not 59 hit," Irwin said.
Tourists on the Las Vegas Strip didn't let Friday's events keep them indoors.
"You're gonna have crazies not matter where you go," said one tourist.
"It doesn't matter where you're at – if somebody's gonna pull a gun, it's gonna happen," added another tourist.
One group who spent Friday on the Strip, the Jordan family, lives three miles outside of Aurora and was profoundly affected.
"I actually got five different texts from different people from out of state because they know I live in that area," Brittney Jordan said.
"I'm looking at the fact that we have to beef up security just for our children to go to the movies. I don't want them to go without us," Ann Jordan said.
"When and if we do go back to a theater, that's (the shooting) the first thing that's going to enter my mind," Karnard Jordan said.
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