St. Louis County police increase security at theaters

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 1:02 p.m. CDT; updated 3:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2012

CLAYTON — St. Louis County police will dispatch more officers to county movie theaters to reassure concerned patrons after the Colorado theater shooting.

Police spokesman Rick Eckhart said officers will be patrolling near the theaters to watch for any suspicious activity.

The announcement comes hours after a gunman opened fire Friday at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

KMOX reported that Eckhart said no threats have been reported at county theaters and there is no apparent St. Louis connection to the Colorado shootings.

Eckhart said if something were to happen, officers have recently received training on how to handle such situations.

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Skip Yates July 21, 2012 | 5:11 a.m.

Do they really expect a "copy-cat" crime of this horrible nature?

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Ellis Smith July 21, 2012 | 9:26 a.m.

Actually, while Columbine High and this new incident in Aurora both happened in suburban municipalities of Denver there's no reason to suggest they have any relation. On another topic last night I posted that I hoped a similar incident wouldn't happen in Golden, Colorado, but if it did we wouldn't necessarily expect it to be related to the two that have happened.

If a deranged person decides to do something like this they will find means of getting firearms, whether firearms are banned or not. "When firearms are outlawed, only outlaws [and psycopaths] will have firearms." We do not, and cannot, live in a totally safe world.

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