Local moviegoers react to Louisiana movie theater shooting

Local moviegoers react to Louisiana movie theater shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Many movie goers were shocked after learning about the Louisiana shooting, but many say they didn't think twice about going to see a movie.

"I feel like when you know it's your turn, it's your turn. I'm not going to let that keep me from going," said Shelley Shoquette.

Some patrons believe the lack of tighter security in theaters is not the only problem.

"There's security everywhere," Theresa Meadows stated, "I mean, you go to the grocery store, at our church, there is security there. If somebody is wanting to do that, it's still not going to stop them."

In response to the Lafayette shooting, the Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with Imax posted signs stating large bags would not be permitted in the theater. The managers say they hope this will cut down on potential crime.

"Every Saturday, we hire two police officers to help walk around the theater and make sure everything is all right," said assistant manager, Jason Marfia.

South Carolina patrons have stated they will not let the shootings in Lafayette, LA and Aurora, CO, or tighter security prevent them from attending the theater, or from enjoying life.

"We don't want to have to put up any kind of a metal detector for me to walk into a movie theater, but if that's what it comes to, that's what it comes to, just for the security and safety of my life," says Shoquette.

Some also believe a change in legislation should take place.

"I think [there should be] tighter gun control for... people with severe mental disorders," Meadows said, "And something has to be done throughout the country... not just from state to state."

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