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Theater shooting prompts Sheriff’s Department heightened alert

Posted: July 20, 2012 10:51 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 10:51 a.m.


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies went on heightened alert today in the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead.

“While the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, appears to be an isolated incident, our vigilance has been raised,” said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“The heightened alert of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department includes increased patrols to create a more visible presence at movie theaters and other places where people congregate.”

The shooting in Colorado occurred at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” as a lone man barged into a theater there, tossed gas canisters and opened fire. Some moviegoers thought it was a movie-related stunt.
Parker called on local moviegoers to report any suspicious activity.

“As always, we encourage the public ‘If you see something, say something.’” he said. “The greatest deterrent to crime is often a phone call to law enforcement by a person who sees something that just doesn’t look right.”

Tipsters can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), text the letters TIPLA plus the information to CRIMES (274637,) or use the website

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the many victims, families, friends, and first responders affected by this senseless crime,” Parker said of the Colorado shooting.




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