Colorado shooting: No incidents in L.A., Riverside, police say
No incidents were reported overnight at movie theaters in Los Angeles or Riverside following a mass shooting inside a Colorado theater during a screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Police agencies and movie exhibitors had planned to increase security -- and new rules inside movie theaters -- in the wake of the "Dark Knight" shooting early Friday that left 12 dead and scores hurt.
Los Angeles Police Department officials promised "high-visibility patrol" of theaters Friday night as well as other entertainment venues, using both uniformed and undercover officers.
LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said Saturday that “nothing was reported overnight.” A spokeswoman for the Riverside Police Department said officers had been on “extra patrol,” but no incidents were reported.
“I am outraged by the cowardly attack on innocent movie patrons in Colorado last night," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement Friday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those innocent victims. 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. Remember, if you see something, say something.”
The shooting in Colorado left theater owners and police nationwide scrambling to figure out how to beef up security for patrons as the movie opened in more than 4,000 theaters nationwide.
The gunman in Colorado reportedly wore a riot helmet and a bulletproof vest and was dressed in black, raising questions about whether theaters should ban or limit costumes at the screenings. Many fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman films attend screenings in costume.
-- Matt Stevens, Andrew Blankstein and Amy Kaufman
Photo: Movie fans dressed in costume before the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in front of the AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 Theatres on Friday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times