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Local moviegoers, comic book fans express shock and sadness after massacre

Local moviegoers, comic book fans express shock and sadness after massacre

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jul 20, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many local moviegoers were shocked and saddened by the theater shootings in Colorado. They expressed concern and compassion for the victims, but said they were not afraid that a similar tragedy could happen in Las Vegas.

Dave Lerman told Action News, "When I heard about what happened with the shootings it was just shock. I mean, it was like the world turned upside down. It was something out of a movie at a movie. I mean, I never thought I would be afraid to go to the movies."

Despite that Lerman was among the locals who went to see "The Dark Knight Rises" Friday morning. 

Rachel Dixon said, "I think that the best thing that we can do is support and send our love and care for the people that are hurt by this."

Those sentiments were shared at Cosmic Comics, where store owner Jim Brocious has an issue of Batman from 1986. The story line? A gunman opens fire in a packed movie theater. Brocious said, "It's difficult to chose adequate words. How do you express your feelings about tragedies of this nature?"

Anthony Johnson said "You got no other words beside sad and pathetic to use, but It's upsetting."

Johnson was at a local midnight premier. He said he saw nothing in the movie that would incite someone to commit an act of violence. He said, "It was just, unfortunately there's just people in the world that don't put thought into things, you know. It's what I think this was. It was somebody reaching out. They did it wrong."

Jim Brocious warned against trying to make sense of what makes no sense. He says Batman symbolizes vigilante justice.

Brocious said, "Batman's the good guy and he always wins. And the bad guys get what's coming to them."

Despite the real-life horror in a Colorado movie theater, he added, "I don't buy into the notion that we live in a big bad evil world. I think the vast majority of the people in this world are pretty cool."

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.