There will be a police presence at county movie theaters following a mass shooting during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a theater in Colorado early Friday.
Rockville City Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said his officers would be on “higher alert” in the wake of the shooting. Officers routinely patrol near the in Rockville Town Center, he said.
“We always have police officers on hand at the theater, especially on weekends,” Treschuk said.
The Tennessee-based Regal Entertainment Group, which owns Regal Cinemas Rockville 13, released a statement on Friday that said:
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragedy that occurred at a Denver area theatre and are concerned for the victims and their families. The security and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority. As is our custom, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”
Texas-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc., the owner of the Denver-area theater where the shooting occurred, issued a statement saying it is "deeply saddened" by the shooting and is "working closely" with law enforcement agencies in Colorado, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The closest Cinemark-owned theater to Rockville is at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover.
The National Association of Theater Owners is ensuring members review a safety checklist for theaters and other public places issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Hollywood Reporter reported.