The Nassau County Police Department will increase attention and security at theaters showing the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" following an overnight mass shooting in Colorado in which at least 12 people were killed.
"There will be increased attention, K9, BSO and ESU," a public information officer stated. "It will definitely be a little more than normal."
The officer also said that the increased security means more patrols.
According to CBS 4 in Denver, a gunman threw tear gas into a midnight showing of the new film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., before opening fire on the crowd.
The incident elicited a response from Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose family was affected by a mass shooting on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993.
“The horrific nightmare of a mass shooting on innocent civilians in a crowded public place has, sadly, come true once again," she said. "I mourn alongside the people of Aurora for the many killed and injured and the countless family and friends whose lives, as a result of the consequences of this event, will be negatively affected for decades to come."
The film is showing at theaters in Rockville Centre, Levittown, E. Garden City, Westbury, Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford, Valley Stream, Franklin Square, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Hicksville, Long Beach, New Hyde Park, Port Washington and Farmingdale.