will have stepped up patrols in reaction to the deadly movie theatre shooting in Colorado, police said Friday afternoon.
Twelve were killed at the Aurora, CO theater during a late-night screening of "Batman: The Dark Night Rises," according to published reports, with about 50 being injured. The gunman entered the theater with a gas mask and spread smoke, according to the reports.. The Huffington Post reports that witnesses initially thought the attack was related to special effects for the movie.
Mount Kisco's movie theatre on Main Street is among those showing the film. The decision follows a similar reaction made by Bedford police next door, who also have a movie theater that is playing the Batman movie.
The guman has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, a man with ties to the San Diego, CA region, according to
Mount Kisco's appeared calm on a rainy Friday afternoon. Officials at the theatre did not want to comment about the shooting; direction was given to contact parent company Clearview Cinemas. A spokeswoman for Clearview could not be reached for comment by Patch.
People passing by the theatre reacted to the news with sympathy.
Jennifer Filardi, Chappaqua, said she was "deeply saddened" by the event," adding "we feel for them." Her son, Larry Waterhouse, described it as "scary."
Nick Winzig, Mount Kisco, said he has cousins in Aurora but does not know what is going on with them. He called the shooting "a terrible thing."
Chappaqua resident Jennifer Weisser and her friend, Dobbs Ferry resident Andrea Abbatiello, said they were recently in Aurora, playing for a travel softball team. They felt it was scary to be there not too long before the shooting.
According to The Huffington Post, Holmes' family released the following statement:
"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy."