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Tri-state moviegoers react to theater shooting

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Tri-state residents reacted to the news of the theater shooting in Colorado Friday.

"My first reaction was ‘Where did that happen?'" Lisa Thomas recalled. "Then it was ‘Oh My God' and then it was ‘What happened to going to a movie and watching a movie like we did back in the old days?'"

Thomas says she woke her husband up Friday morning with the news.

"I just don't understand what happened that you can't go to normal places," Lisa said. "[You] mind your own business and then somebody just wants to take everybody out."

Despite the outrage, she and her husband says it will not keep them from heading to the big screen. 

"You can't live your lives like every moment you have to be afraid of what's going to happen to you," Bruce Thomas said.

"I know that it sounds crazy that could happen again, but at the same time we just don't know," Sara Yunger argued.

Yunger said she did consider backing out of the plans to see the movie as a 10th wedding anniversary celebration with her husband.

 "It is a very good movie but it is very dark and that adds to the fear," her husband Joe said.

In the end, however, they went anyway.

"Somebody was twisted and that's not going to stop me from watching movie," Joe said.

Sara say she could not keep thoughts of the shooting away in the theater though.

"I was looking around like ‘Is that guy shifting around for a reason?' But you know, your mind goes to some crazy places when you hear crazy things," she said.

University of Cincinnati psychologist Caleb Adler says that kind of reaction is to be expected, even hundreds of miles away from the event. 

"Of course the closer you are the more frightening it is, but all of us relate to this," Adler said. "We all empathize with the victims, and at some level we all think about how it could have been us."

Adler says the best thing people can do is to bring their fears and concerns out into the open.

"There's no reason they need to go to the theater right now, they can wait a week if they're scared about this, give it a chance to settle, but they should talk about it," he said.

Adler says while some people may shy away from the theater initially, he does not expect that behavior to last.

"People have a body of experience with theaters," he said. "Most people have gone to theaters many, many times without anything bad ever happening and that carries a big weight. That carries a big weight in people's actions and so I strongly suspect in short order you'll see movies fill up."

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