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LAPD checks Hollywood theaters after Colorado shooting rampage

July 20, 2012 |  6:59 am

Dark knight movie

The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood division sent officers to check on local theaters with late-night showings of "The Dark Knight Rises" after a gunman opened fire at a Colorado movie theater early Friday, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, officials said.

At least one of the theaters was the ArcLight in Hollywood, but no security issues were found, a watch commander said.

"There's nothing that suggests that there's anything sinister planned beyond what happened in Colorado," said Sgt. Enrique Mendoza, watch commander of the LAPD Hollywood division. "What happened in Colorado appears to be an anomaly, an isolated incident."

Photos: 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting

The LAPD expects to send additional patrols out to other screenings on an as-needed basis, he said.

A manager at the ArcLight declined to comment.

The gunman opened fire around 12:05 a.m. into a crowded Aurora theater in suburban Denver, where the new Batman movie was playing. He was later taken into custody, but no name has been released.


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Photo: Actor Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." Credit: Ron Phillips / Warner Bros. / Associated Press