Man had loaded gun at 'Dark Knight' showing at New Haven movie theater

Christian Bale as Batman in “The Dark Knight

Christian Bale as Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises." Photo Credit: AP

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NEW HAVEN - A city resident is facing charges after police were called to Criterion Cinemas on Temple Street Tuesday night, where after patrons reported seeing a man with a gun on his person in a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

According to police Lt. Jeff Hoffman, multiple officers responded to the theater at about 10:10 p.m. and found several people matching the description of the armed man.

Those people were given pat-downs and then told to leave the theater with their hands up, police said.

In the second theater, where the Batman movie was playing, police with pistols and Tasers drawn approached a man fitting the description and told him to show his hands.

He did not immediately comply, at which point other patrons began yelling for the man to put his hands up, police said.

The man, Sung Hwang, 46, did comply, and he was apprehended by police, who seized a 40-caliber handgun he had holstered in the small of his back.

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Hwang does have a permit to carry the weapon, police said. He was charged with breach of peace and interfering with police.


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