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Updated Jul 20, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Valley moviegoers learn of Colo. tragedy after seeing 'Dark Knight'

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Many moviegoers coming out of Friday's early-morning showing of the Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight Rises" at Harkins Tempe Marketplace were unaware of the Colorado massacre at a showing of the movie.

Kayla Rotstein, who attended the 3:30 a.m. showing, was shocked to learn of the shooting spree, which killed a dozen and injured dozens more in suburban Denver.

"I mean, it's really scary that someone would take the movie to a whole new level and actually hurt innocent people, kill innocent people," she said.

Warner Brothers, the studio behind the movie, cancelled the Paris premiere of the movie. In the Valley, there have been no cancellation of showings at Harkins Theatres.

Harkins released a statement regarding the tragedy:

"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."

Gov. Jan Brewer also released a statement:

"I am horrified and saddened by the senseless shooting that took the lives of so many innocent people in Colorado this morning. There is no rationale for violence this cruel; no explanation for this kind of evil.

"I ask my fellow Arizonans to join me in praying for the victims of this massacre, as well as their families. Tragically, our state knows something about grief this dark and sorrow this deep, but also the light that shines as a community rallies together in faith, love and hope.

"Our hearts are with our Colorado neighbors now dealing with heartbreak difficult to fathom."

KTAR's Jim Cross contributed to this article.


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