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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 3:01 pm

The Mesa Police Department issued a statement Friday reminding the public to stay aware should they see anything suspicious, but that there have been no “direct or indirect” threats to any community theaters.

The statement came following Friday’s shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during the midnight release of the latest Batman film. According to police there, 12 people were killed and more than 50 were injured when 24-year-old James Holmes fired upon a crowd in a movie theater.

Holmes was arrested at the scene.

“In the wake of the tragedy today in Aurora, Colorado, we have received many calls and requests about how this case will impact movie theaters in Mesa. First and foremost, we have the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. The Mesa Police Department is very aware of the event from Colorado. In times such as this, we will look at any potential targets in our city and make any adjustments necessary to provide a secure environment for our citizens and businesses. At this time we are not aware of any direct or indirect threats to our community,” the Mesa police statement reads.

“As we move forward, our officers will be vigilant in our patrol efforts not only near movie theaters, but the many other large public venues in our city. At the same time, we would ask that the community as a whole use that same vigilance. If citizens see activity or individuals that look suspicious, they are encouraged to contact the police department so that we can investigate the situation.”

East Valley-based Harkins Theatres, which operates a number of movie venues around the state, also issued a statement.

“The entire Harkins Theatres organization is grieving with the community of Aurora, Colorado today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims of this horrific random act. We recognize that in our theatres we entertain and employ our friends, neighbors and families. Their safety is always of paramount concern to us. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security procedures as necessary,” the statement read.

According to ABC15.com, Phoenix Police will increase patrols at theaters and in areas surrounding movie theaters, as well as other large venues, as a precaution.

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