NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The tragic shooting in Lafayette is leading to increased security here as people head to weekend movie screenings.
If you come to the AMC Palace in Harahan, you will first be greeted by an Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy in the parking lot, and then once you're inside, you'll be greeted by two more deputies.
And this is not the only theater around where enhanced security is apparent. Kenner Police are stepping up security at the Grand Theater at the Esplanade Mall. A pair of officers are also patrolling the outside the building, and there is an officer inside working an off-duty detail. The same is true for the AMC theater on the west bank.
But with the threat still fresh on people's minds that did not deter the crowds from coming out Friday night. People we talked with say they will not let the shooting in Lafayette keep them from enjoying themselves.
"Some people are just crazy," said Braden Hurd. "It's not going to stop me from coming to the movies. I want to see the movie before it comes out on DVD, and that's what I'm going to do."
"With any situation, you're always going to be observant," said Diana McMahon. "Make sure of your surroundings and just hope for the best that you can go out and have a decent time."
The Slidell Police Department is also stepping up patrols at the Grand Theater off Gause Boulevard. A spokesman with the department said an officer will be at the theater - around the clock - indefinitely.