Pine Belt reacts to theater shooting

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WHLT) – Movie-goers in the Pine Belt didn’t let what happened in Lafayette, La. fear them into not attending movie theaters. However, some took extra precautions.

“It’s not going to keep me from going out, but it’s going to make me be more aware of what’s going on around. We split the kids up and put 2 kids, a grown up, 2 kids, a grown up and made aware of our surroundings. If something happened I was going to push them all to the ground,” Angie Sanford of Ellisville said.

Others who came say they did hesitate at first.

“It did kind of scare me to come today. But I decided since it’s during the day, my movie was, and it was in Lafayette and not here, then not everybody’s like that,” Sarah Simmons of Purvis said.

One movie-goer blames the shooting on the theater being a gun free zone.

“These attacks occur where there are gun free zones, where they’re not going to be stopped. If we would just treat people fairly, an honest citizen should not have their firearms taken away. These criminals might not be so ready to kill people,” Scott Bond of Tylertown said.

WHLT22 asked Hattiesburg Police Departmen if there would be any added security around  movie theater.

The department released this statement:

“Anytime something happens anywhere, we do look at that and make adjustments based on that to ensure the citizens of Hattiesburg are safe.”

The manager at the Hattiesburg Grand Theatre did confirm with us that they have security detail on the weekends.

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