Crossroads residents turn out to theater after massacre
The early Friday shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., didn't stop Crossroads residents from turning out to the theater.
The parking lot at Victoria's Cinemark was as packed as any other Friday night, as families, friends and couples turned out for a night of cinema.
Plano-based Cinemark owns the theater where the massacre, which left at least 12 dead, occurred.
Jennifer Lambert, 29, said she heard about the Colorado shooting in the morning. When she and her boyfriend, Jon Fuller, 30, discussed going to the movies, though, they didn't think twice. They were there to see "Ted."
"I didn't have anxiety about coming to the movies, but it's just upsetting - what happened to those innocent people," Lambert said. "You can't let things like that stop you, though."
A Victoria Police Department officer kept watch over the lobby at Cinemark on Friday night, as an officer does every weekend, said Officer Shane Wallace.
The Victoria Cinemark directed questions to its corporate office. A spokeswoman there said the company is not doing interviews, but she offered a public statement.
"We are deeply saddened about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees and the Aurora community," the statement read. "We are grateful for the quick and professional reaction of all local law enforcement and emergency responders. We are working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local law enforcement."