The NYPD is deploying counterterrorism units to movie theaters across the city today, after a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Germany earlier today.
"In response to a terrorism incident anywhere in the world, we will immediately err on the side of caution by ramping up our police presence at similar locations," Bratton said. "So at this moment we are in fact doing that around the city at major movie locations."
"Many Critical Response Command units deployed to theaters today in response to incident in Germany," @CommissBratton. No Known NYC Threat
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 23, 2016
Earlier this morning, at about 3 p.m. local time, a gunman entered the Kinopolis movie theater complex in Viernheim, Germany, wearing a mask and ammunition belt, and carrying a gun. Witnesses say he fired into the air as he entered the theater, and reportedly took hostages.
Police received an emergency call from someone in the theater who reported that the gunman fired four shots, and appeared mentally unstable, BBC reports. Police special forces stormed the theater complex shortly after receiving that call, and the gunman has been killed. At this point, it doesn't appear that anyone was shot, but some outlets are reporting that between 25 and 50 people may have been injured by exposure to tear gas that was released as police entered the theater. There are no reports that anyone other than the gunman was killed.
The NYPD responded similarly after the 2012 massacre in Colorado, during which a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Following that shooting, the NYPD stationed officers outside most of the city's theaters, especially those showing the film, though some New Yorkers remained concerned about copycat attacks.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller emphasized that there's no known threat to NYC at this time, and told reporters that "what we are getting now, still verifying, is there is no apparent nexus to terrorism."