Dark Knight Rises Pennsylvania showing ends in panic after a fight breaks out


Mourners pray in front of a makeshift memorial at the Aurora Municipal Center.


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A fight broke out during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" near Pittsburgh, causing panicked theater-goers to flee, the Associated Press reported. AMC stopped showing the film due to the fight, which AMC describes as a "minor altercation." No one was arrested. 

However, police think that the Aurora shootings have left audience members feeling "jumpy" during the showings, resulting in the panic at the Pittsburgh theater.

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"There were two people who got into an argument, and one person yelled something that induced people to get into a panic," Colin Marks, a witness, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Marks said that many of the audience members became very scared, and that he and his friends had to stop people from trampling on other movie-goers as everyone fled. "It would've just been a fight at The Waterfront, which I'm sure has happened before," another witness told the Gazette.

In addition to being shaken-up by the Colorado shootings, audience members also had another reason to worry: the theater had its own shooting in 2005, after two men fired at each other in the lobby, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.