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New Haven police said officers would step up patrols in and around the Criterion Cinema during showings of "The Dark Knight". State Police and other departments planned to increase presence around theaters as well.
Police in Connecticut are increasing patrols at movie theaters and other places where there are large gatherings after the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado early Friday morning.
A gunman in a gas mask and bulletproof vest unleashed a deadly rampage at a suburban Denver movie theater during the midnight Friday opening of the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," authorities and witnesses said.
Police in Aurora said in a news conference on Friday afternoon that 71 people were shot. Twelve of them are dead and several others are in critical condition.
Between Friday and Monday, New Haven police will be giving special attention to the Criterion Cinema, at 86 Temple St., before and during the theater’s run of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Criterion Cinema, is the only theater in New Haven showing the film. Undercover and uniformed officers will be there and in nearby neighborhoods, police said.
State police said they will increase their patrols at big concerts, malls and events for the next few days.
Hartford Police said they are in contact with the Bow Tie Cinemas, at 330 New Park Ave. in Hartford, about security in the wake of the shooting and there are no plans in place yet for added security.
Authorities said they have not received any threats.