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Unread 07-20-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Mass casualties at theater showing Batman movie

"AURORA, Colo. - A gas mask-wearing gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater, leaving at least 12 people dead and dozens more injured, police said.

The violent and chaotic scene erupted about 12:30 a.m. local time as a gunman, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall where the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" was playing. Witnesses reported that the gunman entered the theater through an emergency exit door and threw a gas canister before opening fire.

"Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference.

Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said.

Officers found Holmes near a car behind the theater. He surrendered without resistance, police said."

Mass shooting at Batman screening in Aurora, Colo.; At least 12 dead, dozens more wounded - CBS News
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Unread 07-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Woke up to this tragic news. My heart is heavy and terribly sad for the victims and their families. There are some sick people in our world. Now, going to the movies isn't safe anymore. What next, security check points in line at the theater?
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One thing makes me mad is that there is only one person kill 12 people/wound 50 others, but nothing can replace that. James Holmes, 24 years old, will be in prison for life, and that punishment is not good enough, and could not replace those 12 innocent people/50 wounded innocent people. What a very dumb move by James Holmes, we should do something about the gun laws.
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Police say that the suspect's apartment is heavily booby trapped.
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One thing makes me mad is that there is only one person kill 12 people/wound 50 others, but nothing can replace that. James Holmes, 24 years old, will be in prison for life, and that punishment is not good enough, and could not replace those 12 innocent people/50 wounded innocent people. What a very dumb move by James Holmes, we should do something about the gun laws.
I would not call is a 'dumb move' it was a very tragic move and I agree there is no punishment that can fit this senseless crime committed by James Holmes. I bet his lawyer will declare his client insane. I really feel for all the people that lost their lost ones and people that got wounded. I wonder if the polices saw James Holmes wearing a bullet poof vest , if they did that should had been a
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One fatality was a six-year-old girl.
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One fatality was a six-year-old girl.
How sad , I heard about the girl getting shot and was not sure if she dies . My heart goes out to her famliy. I been glued to the TV watching the news and waiting to hear what drove the guy to commit this horrible senseless crime. I heard he was a med student and he dropped out last month.
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How sad , I heard about the girl getting shot and was not sure if she dies . My heart goes out to her famliy. I been glued to the TV watching the news and waiting to hear what drove the guy to commit this horrible senseless crime. I heard he was a med student and he dropped out last month.
It is tragic for those families.

It is strange that a guy who was studying how to save lives would change to violently taking lives.

I was concerned about my nephew who lives in the Denver area and was planning to go to that movie. I saw a photo of a victim who had long, dark hair and a beard similar to my nephew. I checked my nephew's FB, and he posted that he's planning to attend the movie Sunday, so he's OK. Whew!
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The police evacuated the residents of five buildings near the suspect's apartment. They said it might take days to clear the apartment.
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One thing makes me mad is that there is only one person kill 12 people/wound 50 others, but nothing can replace that. James Holmes, 24 years old, will be in prison for life, and that punishment is not good enough, and could not replace those 12 innocent people/50 wounded innocent people. What a very dumb move by James Holmes, we should do something about the gun laws.
You outlaw guns and only the outlaws will have guns
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It is easier for FBI/Police to capture a person who bought guns ak-47 via online illegally if there's gun law.
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The police evacuated the residents of five buildings near the suspect's apartment. They said it might take days to clear the apartment.
The apartment appear to have a bomb set up in it . I saw on the news that the traffic has not been shut down near the apartment and that people can still use the sidewalks near by. That seen very strange to me, as if there is bomb it could send objects flying all over the place!

I just heard on the news the shooter just filled an application and describe himself as "an easy going person" . This sure does NOT sound like an easy going person to me...
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The apartment appear to have a bomb set up in it . I saw on the news that the traffic has not been shut down near the apartment and that people can still use the sidewalks near by. That seen very strange to me, as if there is bomb it could send objects flying all over the place!
Maybe those people want to be on International TV news.
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I just heard a father call in to the TV news. It was so sad. The father described how his young son had attended the movie with a girlfriend. The son was wounded but will survive. But the son saw his girlfriend get shot in the face, and she died.

The son was shot more than once, and he's had surgery. He's in critical condition. He knows that his girlfriend didn't survive.
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It is easier for FBI/Police to capture a person who bought guns ak-47 via online illegally if there's gun law.
Not really. If they're buying guns illegally, how are more laws going to stop them? They ignore the laws. Gun laws are only useful for monitoring gun purchases by law-abiding people. They don't stop law breakers.

In this case, we don't know how the shooter got his guns. So far, the police say he had no concealed carry permit or hunting license.
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One fatality was a six-year-old girl.
and 3-month baby. Dead. Why bring baby to film at late night? That's not right.
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One of girl name Jessica Ghawi, she die in that theater. Last month, she escape from the shopping mall shooting in Canada.

Feel like it's Final Destination.
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and 3-month baby. Dead. Why bring baby to film at late night? That's not right.
I thought the baby survived. Oh, that's sad.

That does seem odd to take a baby out late at night to a noisy movie.
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Not really. If they're buying guns illegally, how are more laws going to stop them? They ignore the laws. Gun laws are only useful for monitoring gun purchases by law-abiding people. They don't stop law breakers.
That's true. If there's gun laws, there are other ways for people to buy guns through black markets and we would have pay more taxes for thousands of new agents at ATF to work on those areas.
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I just heard a father call in to the TV news. It was so sad. The father described how his young son had attended the movie with a girlfriend. The son was wounded but will survive. But the son saw his girlfriend get shot in the face, and she died.

The son was shot more than once, and he's had surgery. He's in critical condition. He knows that his girlfriend didn't survive.
A guy was on TV talking about his mother calling him to tell him something happen to his sister. The sister was 24 yo and she was killed , she was a sport
reporter. This so horrible and the more you heard just get worst. It is so strange that the shooter booby trapped his apartment then warned the polices about it. It looks like the shooter is on some kind of power trip to see if he can out smart the polices. The shoot could be getting his rocks off watching this all take place.
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A guy was on TV talking about his mother calling him to tell him something happen to his sister. The sister was 24 yo and she was killed , she was a sport
reporter. This so horrible and the more you heard just get worst. It is so strange that the shooter booby trapped his apartment then warned the polices about it. It looks like the shooter is on some kind of power trip to see if he can out smart the polices. The shoot could be getting his rocks off watching this all take place.
That's the same young lady of my post about the young man who was wounded.

Jessica Ghawi, ‘aspiring sportscaster,’ dies in Aurora shooting | Poynter.
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James Holmes Identified As Alleged Aurora, Colorado Theater Shooter That Left 12 Dead

AURORA, Colo. -- A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver at a midnight opening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.

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Moviegoers didn't know what was happening and some thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd.

"I told my friend `we've got to get out of here,' but then he shot people trying to go out the exits," Jennifer Seeger told NBC's "Today." She said the shooter made his way up the aisle, firing as he went, saying nothing.

Federal law enforcement officials identified the suspect as James Holmes, a 24-year-old American.

Holmes is in police custody, and the FBI says there is no indication that incident is tied to any terrorist groups.

The federal law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation

Some of those injured are children, including a 3-month-old infant who was shot.

Police earlier said 14 people were dead, but later revised the number to at least 12. It was not immediately clear for the reason for the revision.

Witness Shayla Roeder said she saw a young teenage girl on the ground bleeding outside the theater.

"She just had this horrible look in her eyes .... We made eye contact and I could tell she was not all right," Roeder said.

Victims are being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. The shooter was arrested shortly after the attack at 12:30 a.m. MDT at the multiplex theater at a mall in Aurora.

It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania on ABC's "Good Morning America" said he didn't know yet if all the injuries were gunshot wounds. He said some might have been caused by other things such as shrapnel.

Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said.

Officers came running in and telling people to leave the theater, Salina Jordan told the Denver Post. She said some police were carrying and dragging bodies.

Officers later found the gunman near a car behind the theater.

"A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside," he said.

The suspect was taken into custody, but no name was released. Oates said there's no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive.

The suspect spoke of "possible explosives in his residence. We are dealing with that potential threat," Oates said.

A large truck lettered "bomb squad" arrived near an Aurora apartment complex where the suspect is believed to have lived, about four miles from the theater. Dozens of police squad cars, vans and other vehicles were already at the scene, along with black-clad officers carrying automatic weapons.

Police evacuated residents of the building. Oates did not say whether any explosives had been found.

He said police also checked for explosives in the parking lot and at the Century 16 theater and secured those areas.

President Barack Obama said he was saddened by the "horrific and tragic shooting," pledging that his administration was "committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded."

Moviegoers spoke of their terror as violence erupted and people around them fell victim.

Benjamin Fernandez, 30, told the Post that he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted "get down!"

Fernandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.

Jordan told the paper that one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9-years-old.

Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone ran into Theater 8 yelling "they're shooting out here!"

Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he heard several shots.

"Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.

Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."

The police chief said 10 victims died at the theater and four at area hospitals.

At least 24 people were being treated at Denver area hospitals.

KUSA reported that some hospitalized victims were being treated for chemical exposure, related apparently to canister thrown by gunman.

Eleven people were being treated at the Medical Center of Aurora for gunshots and ranged from minor to critical condition. Two others walked in to be treated for tear gas contamination.

Denver Health had seven victims one in critical and the rest in fair condition.

The youngest victim reported was a 6-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims were taken. Their condition wasn't known.

Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

Aurora is on Denver's east side and is Colorado's third-largest city with 327,000 residents. It is home to a large Defense Department satellite intelligence operation at Buckley Air Force Base, as well as The Children's Hospital, the University of Colorado Hospital and a future Veterans Affairs hospital.

James Holmes Identified As Alleged Aurora, Colorado Theater Shooter That Left 12 Dead (PHOTOS, LIVEBLOG)
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I didn't know that it's allowed to bring a baby to a theater. I just asked my daughter who usually goes to a movie with her boyfriend about babies at the theaters. She said yes, there were some babies who were crying alot during the show. That's not right. IMO, if the parents can't afford or find a babysitter, then they should not go to a movie.
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this was on our news earlier,what dreadful thing to happen
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One thing makes me mad is that there is only one person kill 12 people/wound 50 others, but nothing can replace that. James Holmes, 24 years old, will be in prison for life, and that punishment is not good enough, and could not replace those 12 innocent people/50 wounded innocent people. What a very dumb move by James Holmes, we should do something about the gun laws.
There is not much we can do about the gun laws. This is because there are people out there who are law breakers and will use any method to get their hands on weapons.

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It is tragic for those families.

It is strange that a guy who was studying how to save lives would change to violently taking lives.
Most people seem friendly and wouldn't even harm a flea turn out to be people who inwardly are dangerous people because of the thoughts they harbor in their minds.
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