Colorado Shooting Prompts Heightened Security at Local Theaters

By Desirée Taylor
NJ Today

The deadly shooting at a movie theater showing the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado has prompted law enforcement in some communities in New Jersey to be on alert. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said he and his staff have been in contact with management at movie theaters in town to ensure they’re OK and patrons are safe.

Concerns there could be copycat incidents prompted the call for heightened security at movie theaters in several towns in Hudson County. And in Bergen County yesterday, hours before the Colorado shooting, police responded to a 911 call from a shopper at the Garden State Plaza who was nervous after seeing a teenager, who was apparently going to see “The Dark Knight Rises,” wearing a mask similar to the one the villain wears in the film. It turned out to be a false alarm.

Even President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have responded to the Colorado tragedy that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. In separate statements they expressed sadness and called for justice for the victims.

But the tragedy didn’t stop Batman fans from going to see the film. Christopher Carpena of Toms River said he planned to see the film tonight but said the incident will “probably keep me on my toes a little bit. … Definitely a little scary though.”

Jacci Fry, of Andover, Sussex County, was one of those wounded in the incident. According to, Fry was hit with shrapnel and underwent surgery for her injuries.