Colorado shooting: Moviegoers feel safe, flock to ‘Dark Knight’
Despite hearing news of the fatal Colorado theater shooting at a showing of latest Batman movie, many Los Angeles moviegoers said they still planned to see the blockbuster.
A steady stream of patrons lined up outside the theater at L.A. Live to purchase movie tickets.
Brian Moshri, 22, wore a Batman T-shirt to the theater. He's seen all the previous films in the series and wasn't going to miss his chance to see the third.
"Regardless of what happened, you can't let something like that faze you," Moshri said.
Other fans agreed.
"It comes to my mind, but I'm optimistic. I doubt it will happen," said Javier Mendez, 29, who went with his wife, two children and sister.
"The only reason I wouldn't come is in respect for those who passed," said USC student Jaemyeong Lee.
Evelyn Pumar, 20, of West Los Angeles said she thinks movie theaters are safe places.
"I feel like they've tightened up security so much that there really isn't anything to worry about," she said. "It was a one-time occurrence with someone that was completely out of their mind, and I feel like we're going to be safe. L.A. is a safe place."
Los Angeles Police Department officials promised "high-visibility patrol" of theaters as well as other entertainment venues, using both uniformed officers and undercover officers.
"Since Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, it is important that we all remain vigilant and do everything we can to prevent incidents like this from occurring in our Communities," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement. "Remember, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.”
Some movie theaters also planned to take precautions and were banning patrons from wearing costumes during "Dark Knight" screenings.
Police in Colorado arrested the alleged gunman, James Holmes, shortly after the shooting. Twelve people were killed and dozens of others were injured.
-- Melissa Leu in Los Angeles