Kentucky Lawmakers, Police React To Colorado Shooting

Jul 20, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky lawmakers are reacting to this morning’s mass shooting in a crowded Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

The incident, which left 12 dead and dozens wounded, was the worst mass shooting in the US since a gunman opened fire at Fort Hood in 2009, killing 13. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement supporting the victims and their families.

"This senseless massacre of so many innocent people gathered with friends and family in a movie theater reminds us not only of the great evil that exists in the hearts of some, but of the great and precious gift of life," McConnell said.

Lexington police have not been asked to provide any extra patrols at the city’s movie theaters tonight. Police Department spokesperson Sherelle Roberts says that doesn’t mean theaters are unprotected.

"Of course it's something we're aware of and will be thinking about as we today. However, what I will say is most of the movie theaters in town already have security, off duty either with the sheriff's department or off duty Lexington police officers, so they already have that level of security," she said.

The Paris, France premier and media interviews with the director and cast of the film have been canceled in the wake of the shootings.