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Local theaters mum on Colorado shooting

5:55 PM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- The mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left twelve people dead and scores injured  has theaters on the First Coast mum on the issue of security.

David Blue who owns the San Marco Theater did offer his thoughts saying he believes it was a random act of violence that could have happened anywhere.

"Could have happened in a bowling ally, a church, a beach, sporting event. In this case happened to be a movie theater," said Blue who has been in the theater business for 15 years.

Corporate owned theaters in Jacksonville referred all questions to their headquarters.  No calls were returned as of Friday afternoon.

Movie goers on the First Coast expressed their belief that the mass shooting was random.

"It is probably an isolated incident," said Wendy Hatfield who took her family to the movies at Fleming Island.

"I am not worred about that at all," said Sandy Lewis who also attended a noon movie at the Fleming 12.

Blue who operates a single screen says his security is calling the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office if there is a problem.

"How practical is it to put a policeman in every public building," said Blue.

"How do you protect against random activities. I don't know either. I don't have the answer," he said. 

First Coast News

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