ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - While there was a lot of sympathy and concern for the victims of the theater shooting in rural Denver this morning, nobody was turning around and leaving St. Louis-area theaters for fear of the same thing happening here.
Here’s what some of the movie goers at Wehernberg’s Ronnie’s Cine in south county and AMC 12 on Olive in Creve Coeur had to say when KMOX News asked them for reaction to the shootings during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora Colorado:
* “This (movie) is something that’s supposed to be a fun event and it is, but this puts a lot of gravitas to something like this.”
* “Hopefully this was isolated…unfortunately those things happen. But it doesn’t minimize the damage or anything.”
* “You get excited about an event like this, and then you look at the news and your heart kind of drops. And it takes away from the event a little bit — not to minimize the pain of others — but that’s exactly what you feel.”
* “What’s devastating is to know that (the suspect) actually had to think through all the steps of this and consciously avoid their conscience, if they have one, to actually make it all happen.”
* “It’s just a sad day for America when something like that happens…just going to the movies and trying to have fun, people had their kids there and everything. It’s a really bad thing to see.”
* “It is concerning…but I’m not going to live my life in fear.”
Some adults expressed concerns about letting their children attend late-night showings of the movies with their friends this weekend as they’d originally planned, while others said that would only instill a sense of fear about doing things in public that could have devastating consequences down the line.