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Friday, July 20, 2012 

Tragedy at Dark Knight Rises screening in Colorado

Some bad news has come up surrounding the third of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies: a gunman in Colorado shot up a theater screening the movie and murdered at least 12 people:
A lone gunman burst into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight showing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50, police said.

A 24-year-old suspect, who was apprehended at the scene, was clad in a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet when he crashed into the movie theater from an emergency exit door at the front of the auditorium, setting off a smoke bomb and then shooting off dozens of rounds from multiple firearms, police told ABC News.

The man was caught by police in the parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, nine miles outside of Denver, after police began receiving dozens of 911 calls at 12:39 a.m. MT. He was carrying a gas mask, rifle, and handgun, and police believe at least one other gun was left in the movie theater. Police said the suspect mentioned having explosives stored, leading them to evacuate his entire North Aurora apartment complex and search the buildings.

Dozens of victims were taken to local hospitals, including a child as young as 6 years old.

Witnesses said that the man stalked the aisles of the theater as panicked movie-watchers in the packed theater tried to escape.

"The suspect throws tear gas in the air, and as the tear gas appears he started shooting," said Lamar Lane, who was watching the midnight showing of the movie with his brother. "It was very hard to breathe. I told my brother to take cover. It took awhile. I started seeing flashes and screaming, I just saw blood and people yelling and a quick glimpse of the guy who had a gas mask on. I was pushed out. There was chaos, we started running."

Witnesses desribed the confusion as the smoke bomb filled the theater and the man opened fire.

"We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant," witness Christ Jones told ABC's Denver affiliate KMGH. "I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two."
This is truly abominable and the murderer should go to the chair for his crime. I offer my condolences to the victims.

If there's any question that may not have been asked yet, it's whether the culprit was an Occupy Wall Street sympathizer who hated the premise and decided to go violent over it? More about this case on Big Hollywood.

Update: Big Government got some info about the murderer, whose name is James Holmes, and learned that he may be a registered Democrat. Here's an extra item at Hot Air.

Update 2: Christopher Nolan has condemned the shooting. There's more details about the gunman here.

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I'm gonna step back and see what this guy is all about, could be as insane as that Loughner kid.

Did some digging on my own and it's hard to tell who's who, but...well, we'll see.

Pretty common name, I shouldn't have even brought it up. Want no part of internet hysteria that's already starting up.

Ugh, the reporting has been awful, spurred on by twitter twits. You'd think they'd learn from the Zimmerman mess.

Unbelievable what ABC did immediately linking the guy to the Tea Party. ABC should mean Always Blame Conservatives.

Heard about the ABC misreporting now the poor guy and his family are needlessly suffering.
We here in America live in a culture which worships violence,the more violent the act the better it is and so on.Everyday on every damn message board I read threats of violence or this character should die blah blah.If anything we are just as much to blame for this act as the perpetrator himself, because all we need to do is look in the damn mirror.

I saw an article somewhere on how the internet nihilist shock-site types are having a ball with this.

I have a pretty morbid, politically-incorrect sense of humor myself, but the stuff I was seeing was plain sick. I hate living in a society full of little sociopaths. And to think these people will be our congressmen someday.

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