Eatontown PD, Mall Security To Increase Patrols at Loews Theater In Wake of Colorado Shooting

Moviegoers will be asked not to bring large bags or backpacks into the Monmouth Mall theater.

Eatontown Police Department patrols and Monmouth mall security will be increased this weekend and for the next few weeks after a 24-year old man shot and killed 12 people at a Colorado movie theater screening of The Dark Knight Rises early this morning.

Eatontown Police Detective Lawrence Tyler said the police department always has two extra patrolman at the AMC Loews Theater on Friday and Saturday nights but said there will be more units patrolling the area following the Colorado incident.

Eatontown Police Chief Michael Goldfarb had a meeting with mall management Friday morning and was told there will be extra mall security officers stationed at the movie theater this weekend and through the running of The Dark Knight Rises.

Tyler said any moviegoer who shows up wearing a mask will be asked to remove it. During the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises many fans wore Batman or other movie character masks at the AMC Loews Theater. The shooter wore a gas mask when the shooting happened this morning.

Tyler said people who try to enter the movies with large bags or backpacks will be asked to leave them in their car for security reasons.

"We're not doing this in response to any credible threat, we are just being hyper vigilant after what happened (in Colorado)," Tyler said.

The suspect, James Holmes, entered the theater and opened fire on the crowd before he was found in the parking lot and did not resist arrest, CNN said. The incident was made worse by the fact that the theaters were sold out and packed with people because of the opening night of the Batman film.

At Rave Cinemas in Hazlet, General Manager Matthew Smith said that security has been increased at the venue, where Batman is playing on four screens between 8:45 a.m. through midnight all weekend. Masks will be permitted, he said. "It's a fun, friendly environment, he said. "But we've taken the necessary steps to improve security in the building tonight," said Smith. 

Laura July 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Holmes had an assault weapon. That type of weapon was illegal to purchase from 1994 to 2004. The ban never should have lapsed. There is no reason a private citizen needs an assault weapon, unless he/she wants to committ a massacre or overthrow the government. Our Forefathers only knew of the weapons in existance in their time. They never could have imagined the weapons we have now or the armchair Wyatt Earp's who like to think they would have saved the day in a dark movie theater. You want a gun, buy a handgun or a rifle not an assault weapon. It only happens in the movies when someone with a handun takes on someone with an assault weapon and wins.
rbresident July 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It doesn't matter if you let citizens buy guns legally or not. NO matter what its NOT hard at all to buy a gun on the streets. ESPECIALLY an assault rifle if you have the money. People don't understand that the harsher you are on gun control the MORE crime there will be. If a criminal knows hardly ANYONE carries a gun then thats gonna make him the most powerful person on the street leaving everyone else defenseless.
KingNeptune July 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM
TSA, coming to theater near you
Mr. Wheaten July 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
rbresident: Did you know that, in a recent year, firearms killed: 0 children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain 57 in Germany and 5285 in the US. Those countries have and enforce very stringent gun control laws. Even the criminals can't get their hands on guns in those countries. THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GUN CONTROL. I believe their crime rates are a lot less then here, too. These facts tell me that your theory "the harsher you are on gun control the MORE crime there will be." is contrary to the facts.
rbresident July 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
That has nothing to do with what i'm talking about, i'm speaking strictly on a state to state basis. Other countries are a completely different argument especially because there laws date back hundreds of years so there was never a large amount of weapons on the street to begin with.


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