Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale has ordered increased patrols around movie theaters as a precaution following the mass shooting at a Colorado screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," police said. 

At least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded after a gunman burst into a theater in Aurora, Col. and opened fire on moviegoers. Police have charged a 24-year-old James Hunter in the crime. 

"We have no intellignece to suggest that anything horrific like that would take place in Baltimore, but at the same time we realize the propensity for copycat incidents tends to be high," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. "We're taking every precaution to make sure people have a safe and enjoyable time at the movies."

Baltimore has only a handful of movie theaters, two of which will be showing the new Batman movie: the Landmark Harbor East Cinema, and the Rotunda Cinematheque. 

jfenton@baltsun.com