Texas News
12:40 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Dallas Police Increase Security Following Colorado Shooting

In response to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, the Dallas Police Department says it has ".. instructed patrol officers to provide extra visibility and to be extra vigilant at public locations where large numbers of people gather, such as movie theaters."  

Following is the remainder of the media statement from the DPD:

"The Dallas Police Department does have plans and procedures in place to quickly and effectively respond to incidents of this nature.  Police officers have been receiving training for several years on how to respond to an incident involving a person who is actively firing a weapon in public buildings.

As always, the Police Department requests the public to immediately call 911 whenever suspicious activity is observed. "

Earlier today, the website for KENS-5 television reported that 24-year old Jessica Ghawi of San Antonio was among the 12 people killed when a former medical student opened fire in a crowded movie theater near Denver last night.

The website kens5.com says Ghawi was attending the premier of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” with long-time friend Brent Lowak of Bulverde, Texas.

Lowak’s father reportedly told KENS 5 his son underwent surgery after being shot in the left buttocks. He crawled away from the gunfire.

Time Online reports Ghawi was living in Denver where she worked as an intern for sports radio station 104.3 The Fan.

She narrowly escaped another mass shooting in Toronto last month when a gunman killed two and injured six at the Eaton Centre mall.