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Owner of Texoma Movie Theater Reacts to Lafayette Shooting

It's been almost a week since a gunman opened fire at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, killing two people and injuring nine others, before turning the gun on himself.

Newschannel 6 reached out to the owner of the Vernon Plaza Theater, Mark Farr-Nash, to get his reaction about the attack and he told us, he’s not worried that an attack like that could happen at his business.

“As a small community, we know everybody.   We’re with Lafayette and we're broken up by the tragedy, but I'm not going to give in to fear," said Farr-Nash.

“It’s always a concern and obviously our patron’s safety is paramount, but you have to look at the factors behind this and I don't think that our community is a community where this type of thing would occur," said Farr-Nash

Farr-Nash said that in the past, people have been worried about security at the historic theater, but a number of his patrons are off-duty law officers, firemen and EMT who are ready at a moment's notice.

“These people are regulars here and have all pulled me aside confidentially and told me, you know if anything happens, you know I’ll be here in a second, so I’m really not worried," said Farr-Nash.

Farr-Nash also said, he tries to have a relationship with all of his customers, which is different from a large megaplex.

“I think its apples and oranges.  Movie theaters have always been thought of as a safe place, a place where you could go and escape many of these problems that we deal with on a day to day basis.  When something like this happens it’s especially cutting because that's one of the places where we go to get away from the things like what happened," said Farr-Nash.

Newschannel 6 reached out to the Cinemark in Wichita Falls and we were told that there are security officers on-sight.  We did not get a response from Carmike Cinemas at Sikes Senter Mall.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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