Security tightens in the midst of James Brown movie premiere

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, July 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Just two weeks after a shooting near the Regal Cinemas, a star-studded event makes its way into Augusta. Security for the event and surrounding area on tighter watch.

The faint sound of the Godfather of Soul lingers in the background. In the distance, final preps for a star-studded night.

"I'm not going to lie, I wanted tickets for this premiere," said Jamal Shinholster, an Augusta native.

But he'll have to watch from across the way, in a nearby shopping center, near the spot where a 14-year-old was gunned down, just two weeks ago.

"The shooting really changed this area, it really changed this community," he said.

More deputies, more frequent patrols, all prepping for events like the premiere. Hundreds making their way out to Regal Cinemas to see James Brown on the big screen.

"Most people going to be a little tense but the same time they'll be relaxed," said Shinholster.

For Natalie Tracy and her husband, what happened two weeks ago, isn't what's on their mind.

"We have no reservations about tonight," she said. "We never have anything like this so it's worth going to."

It's a perfect night for the couple even with lingering thoughts about security.

"It doesn't cause us to feel any less safe because we know now that security has been increased," she said.

The normal patrolling of surrounding shopping centers as well as road patrols to keep congestion down.

"More deputies, more police officers, circling around," said Shinholster.

All to keep people safe on a night all about one man.

"James brown has been a pivotal point in this community, it wasn't for him, soul music wouldn't be what it is today," he said.


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