Tragic events at public places aren’t keeping WNY residents cooped up

A member of the Nashville Metro Police Bomb Squad unit suits up before checking a device on the side of a movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead as he tried to escape out the back of the theater only to encounter a SWAT team, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Last month in Lafayette, Louisiana, a gunman killed two people, wounded seven others and then killed himself at a movie theater. Wednesday afternoon, in a similar incident, a man armed with a hatchet and gun while carrying two backpacks was killed by Nashville police at another movie theater.

Hours after the violent attack in Tennessee, western New Yorkers are still going to see the latest blockbusters at local movie theaters.

Residents News 4 spoke to say it is unfortunate these events keep happening but they can’t keep from living your life.

“It is sad and unfortunate things are happening,” says Perry Pope, a dad living in western New York.

Perry says he and his daughter, Mary, go to the movies and the park together a few times a week. He says these violent attacks at public places make him feel he has to be aware of who is around in order to protect his daughter.

“Even when I am walking in the park, I am always alert,” Pope said. “I try to be alert and keep my head on swivel.”

Mother of three, Maureen Miller, agrees.

“I don’t want to be a helicopter mom,” Miller told News 4. “We have to pay a little bit closer attention than we used to, unfortunately.”

Miller says her kids are too young to go to the movies but hearing about recent events at different public places isn’t stopping her and her children from getting out.

“I feel we need to keep them in close but I don’t necessarily feel that is something you can prevent,” says Miller. “You either stay in your house and stay sheltered or you experience what is around.”

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