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Armed US man arrested at Batman show

2012-08-07 22:44

Washington - US authorities said on Tuesday they arrested a man at a screening of the latest Batman movie with a bag full of weapons in a case that evoked a recent rampage in Colorado that claimed a dozen lives.

Police in Westlake, Ohio, said an off-duty officer arrested Scott Smith, 37, late on Saturday at a local cinema after he was found to be carrying a bag with a loaded Glock pistol, two extra fully-loaded magazines and three knives.

He was also in possession of another knife, police said in a statement.

Smith was the only person in the theatre at the time.

A subsequent search of Smith's home also turned up "numerous weapons and ammunition", according to police.

Twelve people were killed and 58 others wounded when a gunman opened fire during a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, on 20 July, a massacre which overshadowed the action movie's launch.

Prosecutors are due to review the case to decide how to charge Smith, who hails from North Ridgeville, Ohio, in the American Midwest.

Last month US police in the state of Maryland, near the capital Washington, arrested another man and seized an arsenal of weapons after he threatened his employer and raised fears he was inspired by the Colorado shooting.

Comments
  • Potter - 2012-08-08 00:17

    God help these people...

      Blackpoison - 2012-08-08 07:29

      Why should God help them? They can rot in hell. It's the bystanders that needs help.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-08 00:58

    What in the world is going on with these idiots? I mean is it now the latest fashion to go to a movie theatre with a pistol. Jeeez man this is not cool. So now you have to worry when you go to a movie theatre.

  • adri.noble - 2012-08-08 01:00

    Bad reporting once AGAIN! \A BAG FULL OF GUNS\ I mean serious now.

  • jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-08-08 01:57

    Psychosis and guns are a lethal combination. And both seem to everywhere these days

  • Natsvdm - 2012-08-08 02:48

    USA seems to be going back to the days of the Wild West when each citizen carried a weapon and settled their scores/disputes in that manner.....so much for the land of plenty...I LOVE SA...

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-08 04:28

      Well we might not have mass shootings at our cinnemas, but we do have 1000's of farmers murdered every year, innocent people shot and and their cars hijacked, homes burgled with the residents shot and or raped. People shot and stabbed in hospitals. We have to live in homes with alarms and burgler bars, end even then it's not enough to protect us. We have a bunch of criminal bafoons in government. Yes you right we are so much better off

  • xshabangu - 2012-08-08 05:32

    Why wud u take ammunitions n weapons with to a movie theatre lol mxm

      carel.venter.9 - 2012-08-08 07:09

      Well have you seen the price of a large coke and popcorn in those places lately?

  • BossBrain - 2012-08-08 06:57

    Whats up with these Batman fans? people are starting to think they live in these Marvel Comics...

      kharnyge - 2012-08-08 07:16

      um.......lol....Batman is DC Comics

  • Bheki Ngomane - 2012-08-08 07:16

    we were warned about this movie before it even came out.

  • Joe - 2012-08-08 07:47

    Its a good thing our criminals can't afford a movie ticket

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