12 Killed, 50 Injured at Screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado

Friday, July 20, 2012


Photo of James Eagen Holmes Obtained by Reuters

A midnight screening at the Century 16 Movie Theaters located at the Aurora Town Center — a Denver suburb, ended in carnage Thursday as a lone shooter opened fire on movie goers, wounding at least 50 and killing 12.

Witnesses said the man appeared at the front of the theater with a rifle, handgun and gas mask. He threw a canister that released what was described as tear gas, before he opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd.

According to the New York Times, Holmes’ arsenal included an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber Glock handgun. A fourth gun, not used in the attack — another Glock pistol, was found in his car.

Police have apprehended a 24-year-old male named James Eagen Holmes, of North Aurora, CO. Holmes was student in the process from withdrawing from a doctorate program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Denver.

SOURCE: ABCNews

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28 Responses to 12 Killed, 50 Injured at Screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado

  1. Brigadoon says:

    Absolutely senseless. What the hell is wrong with Colorado? A decade ago it was Columbine, now this. People can’t even go to the movies now?

  2. Debbie Banuelos says:

    CNN is reporting a six year old is among the injured, shot by James Holmes.

    Why is a six year old at a violent Batman movie at midnight to begin with? A six year old should be home and in bed after midnight.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    Shooter was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask according to NBC. He planned to kill people but protect his own sorry ass from harm. Too bad the police didn’t kill him and be done with it.

  4. TOM339 says:

    Debbie is correct. Why is a six year old at midnight screening of any film?

    I also wonder how no one saw a man wearing a gas mask and carrying a rifle enter a crowded movie theater and call police before he had a chance to open fire on the crowd?

    This is America and you have to keep an eye out for the crazies.

  5. Dis Gusted says:

    the man was in the theatre watching the movie. He reportedly received a cell phone call and left the theatre to take it. He re-entered in full camo with 3 guns including an AK-47 from BEHIND the SCREEN. He must have used emergency exit doors. The phone call may indicate an accomplice.

  6. hipolito says:

    Another crazy, rightwing, dittohead, American kook, strikes at the heart of this nation.

  7. Marcus Ybanez says:

    A 3-month-old infant who was shot according to CBS.

    I don’t have kids so maybe someone can explain to the rest of us why you would take a six year old and a 3 month old infant to a movie like this? Maybe if you lack better sense, you ought not to have children? Stick to goldfish.

  8. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    In 2011, guns killed 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States.

    Even the gun nuts have to agree it is too easy for the unhinged and the crazy to get their hands on firearms and when they do, it results in tragedy like this one in Denver.

  9. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Batman: The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most violent movies from Hollywood in recent years.

    Clearly, no six year old belongs in the audience. That is why the ratings system says no one under the age of 12 be admitted. Why did the theater sell the kid a ticket?

    Is it so difficult to tell the parent(s), “No one under 12 can enter.” If the parents squawk, hire a lawyer.

  10. Harry says:

    This shooting was the act of a mad man. My guess is, he will spend the rest of his natural life in a mental institution.

  11. The Real Adam says:

    The shooter kicked in the theater’s emergency exit and entered the screening room that way.

    He then detonated a gas canister and then opened fire on the audience. A 3 month old infant was among the shot as well as a six year old. As others have pointed out, why did the theater allow anyone so young in?

  12. retahyajyajav says:

    The NRA must be doing cartwheels this morning.

  13. fran says:

    Is the US ready to admit it has a gun problem now?

    Maybe this madman heard George Zimmerman claim shooting a 17 year old was “in god’s plan” & decided he would be “godly” too?

    Ugh!

  14. Let me guess — Tea Party. Listens to Rush. White. Pissed off at Obama.

    The shooter’s mother lives in San Diego. If he’s a native, I would not be surprised if he grew up in East County. East County loves its guns and bibles — and soon Chick Fil-A

  15. Estacada says:

    Rush said the villain in Batman is named “Bane” which is a “liberal, Hollywood swipe at Mitt Romney.”

    The fat dope addict is so stupid he didn’t know the “Bane” character first appeared in the Batman comic back in 1992 — twenty years BEFORE the 2012 election and the controversy surrounding Romney’s business dealings.

  16. It gets even stranger and more disturbing, folks.

    24-Year Old James Holmes Reportedly had Red-Painted Hair and Called Himself “The Joker”

    Holmes, who has been taken into custody by police, was wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest as he entered the theater from an emergency exit at the front of the theater, threw a smoke bomb in front of the screen and then opened fire on the audience. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said that he had “his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman.”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-holmes-shooter-colorado-dark-knight-rises-352454

  17. Rachel says:

    James Holmes is intelligent enough to qualify for a doctorate program in neuroscience. He is not some lost drug addict who dropped out of school in the 7th grade to begin a life of petty crime. It’s is chilling to me that someone as brilliant as this young man could so go off the tracts and become a mass murderer. My heart breaks for the victims and for his parents and family.

  18. mdmbl says:

    My kids love going to the movies with friends. I have taught them to be aware of their surroundings and strangers who express unusual interest in them. But this is different. How do you prepare your 17 year old kid for a deranged gun shooter? You can’t. We must do a better job if identifying mental illness and providing treatment to the afflicted so there is never a repeat of the Aurora, CA movie theater tragedy.

  19. DMason says:

    I have to say, this entire episode has left me feeling unnerved. I’m not usually a nervous person but what does it say about us as a society when you can’t go to a midnight screening of a movie without worrying about being gunned down?

  20. ChiTOM says:

    I hear ya, David. The shooting in Aurora, CO has me feeling on edge too.

    Chicago has been a deadly city this summer and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel seems clueless about the best way to deal with it. Is it the heat? The high unemployment? Drugs? Some combination of them all? I’ve been on edge for months now.

    All I know is, I’m looking forward to cooler weather which will hopefully bring cooler behavior.

  21. Pechanga says:

    Have you guys noticed when one of these awful events happen, the shooter is always described by his friends and neighbors and “quiet and shy”?

    Very interesting.

  22. Rendaculous says:

    James Eagen Holmes was a neuroscience doctoral student? Then his IQ is much above-average so he can’t possibly have any ties to the Tea Party. The Tea Party is flush with nitwits like Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Members of the Tea Party are gutter feeders.

  23. Adirondacky says:

    Various media reports say all of Holmes’ guns and rifles were legally obtained. That’s right. He bought these rifles and guns legally. Not on the black market. Has the NRA explained why a single person needs a sufficient number of firearms to wage a small war?

  24. Randy Arroyo says:

    I am speechless. There are no words.

  25. PUMA Lisa 1972 says:

    Three cheers to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for calling on both President Obama and his Republican challenger to explain what, if anything, they plan to do, to stem the tide of firearm violence in America.

    So far, both Obama and Romney remain firmly anchored to the gun lobby.

  26. feminazi says:

    Law enforcement arrested Holmes as the suspect. So is it necessary for the media to torture his mother? Hundreds of reporters have descended on her home in San Diego. The poor woman can’t leave or enter her home. She can’t go to the market, pick up meds or meet with friends and family. The focus of these prying vultures should be on James Holmes — he’s the suspect in this horrific crime. Not the mother. Leave her alone!

  27. Big Hank says:

    Thursday was a sad day for America.

  28. “Why is a six year old at midnight screening of any film?”

    Because their parents are cooler than yours.

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