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Local theater reacts to Colorado shooting
The Colorado shooting incident has some theaters on alert this evening during the popular showing of the Dark Knight Rises. If you've been watching the national news, many in Colorado are in shock and devastated.
But the tragedy also has one local theater in the Kearney area responding.
News 5 spoke with the operations manager, the concession manager and also several movie goers as they were walking into Cinema 8 Friday afternoon.
The concession manager tells me they will be more watchful Friday night, but then News 5 also spoke with a Colorado native who tells me his friend was in the theater at the time of this tragic incident.
"I found out last night because I put up a Facebook post about our premiere and how well it went and he said that his got shot up," said Levi Brennemann.
Levi Brennemann is a Colorado native he says his friend was just across the hall from where the shooting happened.
"What he heard was the gas canisters being lit off and then all he heard was screams and then they apparently sent off sirens and got everyone evacuated, but he didn't know what to think until he found out what was happening he saw people coming out there shot and wounded," said Brennemann.
The operations manager of Cinema 8 has instructed his staff to be more vigilant for Friday night's showing.
"It just broke my heart. I was in disbelief when I heard about it, it's awful," said Operations Manager Bobby Wilson.
Wilson says before this incident they have always had security measures set in place.
"We have 24 hour 24/7 surveillance on our video cameras plus we have armed security officers here and we have seen and unseen security officers. After the movies are out we clean and then we make sure our exit doors are locked and we look behind the screens to make sure nobody stayed behind," Wilson said.
Attending a movie is something most families feel safe doing, but now some are fearful.
"It does scare me a little having five children and you know we trust our community and we trust the people around us and the business that provide services to us and it fears me to think that somebody could engage in such an evil act."
"There's just no way to put in words the evil that sometimes occurs in our world. Our thoughts and prayers with the people in Colorado."
Police departments across the country including the NYPD have pledged to increase their security.
We don't have any word from Hastings police on their security measures. We did contact Imperial and they have no comment.
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