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CT State Police to Make Checks at Public Facilities in Wake of Colo. Shooting

Lt. J. Paul Vance advised that state residents should remain vigilant, but not panic, as the country grapples with a shooting at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and 38 wounded.

 

In the wake of a horrific shooting during a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie at a Colorado theater, the Connecticut State Police will be making regular checks on facilities today where people gather in mass, a spokesman told Patch.

“We’ll certainly increase our frequency, let’s put it that way,” said Lt. J. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police spokesman. “We’ll be visible and we’ll make additional checks of areas and large facilities where people converge.”

Vance said the state police are monitoring the news reports surrounding events of the Aurora, Colo., shooting, with happened early Friday morning. Because of the public concern over the incident, the state police will make themselves visible as a precaution, the spokesman said.

A gunman reportedly walked into the theater and unleashed a tear gas-type substance as movie goers were watching a screening of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.” The heavily armed suspect then opened fire at the crowded theatre, reportedly killing 12 people and injury 38.

The Huffington Post has identified the suspect as 24-year-old James Holmes. He was later caught outside the theater.

As tragic as the event was, Vance noted that this shouldn’t cause panic in the minds of the public. But in an interest of public safety, state police patrol cars will make regular checks on facilities where people gather in mass.

“But we also want people to understand that they should be vigilant and observant,” Vance said. “Some of the basic common sense measures when they go into a facility that holds many people know where the exits are.”

And, as always, if a person sees something suspicious, they should report it to the proper authorities, he said.

“We will do our part being visible and making periodic checks,” he said.

The New York Police Department has implemented a similar security boost earlier today, when Commissioner Ray Kelly said there would be more officers at movie theaters as a precaution against copycats and to raise movie goers’ comfort levels, .

S Tadik July 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM
At first glance, this additional police presence seems stupid but it isn't. Sometimes events like this spawn copycats and additional police protection probably makes a lot of sense. Events like this remind us that the veneer of civilization is very thin and we need intelligent police to protect and serve. Congrats to the CT State Police.
Tom July 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
In light of this incident, tonight a young individual came to my house at 9 pm rang the door bell and wanted to speak to me about environmentalism. AT 9 PM ON A FRIDAY NIGHT?!?!?! I did what any citizen should do. I notified the police department. I was horrified to hear the officer ask what I think he should do about it. Are you serious?!?! Who goes door to door on a Friday night at 9pm?!?! I was told that I should put up a no trespassing sign. OMG That is the response from our police department. You have to be kidding me.
Glen K Dunbar July 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Tom. I am surprised. Our Police are very very GOOD. Are you sure they did fully understand your situation. I guarantee if someone came to my door I would go psycho on them (in a polite way) I also bet that I would be the one who got in trouble as this town is out to get me. I would also have told the person who was selling environment nonsense that You have more important things to worry about. hope you were able to get back to sleep ok GLEN

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