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Title: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:27:25 pm
Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12

Posted: 07/20/2012 5:38 am Updated: 07/20/2012 11:34 am


Aurora Shooting

A heavily armed man entered a movie theater in suburban Denver early Friday and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring 50 others.

The incident, which took place about 12:30 a.m. at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., occurred during midnight screenings of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

"This is a horrific event," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said during a news conference.

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The gunman, who was wearing a gas mask, reportedly set off a smoke or tear gas bomb then walked up to the front of the screen in one of the theaters and opened fire.

When the movie patrons realized the attack was real and not part of the movie, pandemonium erupted and they began to flee. The film continued to play on the screen as bloodied customers took refuge outside. According to witnesses on the scene, some of the bullets also went through the walls of an adjacent theater, injuring patrons.

“There was this one guy on all fours crawling. There was this girl spitting up blood. There were bullet holes in some people’s backs, in some people’s arms. There was one guy who was just stripped down to his boxers. It looked like he had been shot in the back or something,” Donovan Tate, who escaped from the packed theater with his girlfriend, told CBS4.

Soon after receiving a flood of 911 calls, hundreds of police officers, ambulance and emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The suspect was found near a car behind the theater and arrested. He was dressed in black, carrying a knife, rifle and a handgun, and wearing a bulletproof vest.

"He did not resist," police spokesman Frank Fania. "He did not put up a fight."

The shooter's identity has not been released but he is thought to be in his early 20s. A motive for the attack is unknown.

Police also searched the suspect's North Aurora home after he spoke of "possible explosives in his residence," Oates said. Authorities evacuated the building as a precautionary measure.

The police originally announced that 14 people had been killed in the attack, but revised the death toll around 7:45 a.m. ET, NBC News reported.

At this time, there is no evidence of additional shooters.

President Barack Obama, who is in Palm Beach, Fla., was notified of the shooting by Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan at 5:26 a.m. ET. He released the following statement:

    "Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

GOP challenger Mitt Romney said he and his wife Ann are "deeply saddened" by the shooting.

    "We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."

The theater where the attack took place is just about 25 miles from Columbine High School, where two students shot and killed 13 people in 1999.

This story is developing...

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:28:59 pm
 8:24 PM – Today
James Holmes Bought 6,000 Rounds Of Ammo, Big Assault Rifle Magazine, From Internet

Batman massacre suspect James Holmes bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition and a 100-round magazine for an assault rifle used in the shooting on the Internet in recent weeks, the Aurora police chief said Friday night.

A drum-style magazine for an AR-15 assault rifle was recovered at the movie theater, said police Chief Dan Oates at a news conference.

Holmes bought four guns recently from area retailers and 6,000 rounds of ammunition and several magazines that fit the assault rifle on the Internet, Oates said. He said 3,000 rounds were .223-caliber bullets for the AR-15. The chief said he didn't know where Holmes obtained the full suit of body armor and gas mask he was wearing when arrested.

With the 100-round magazine, "he could have gotten off 50 to 60 rounds -- even if it was a semi-automatic -- within one minute," Oates said.

"All the weapons he possessed, he possessed legally," the chief said. All the ammunition and the clips were legal as well, he said.

Oates said a revised count of victims show 70 injured and 12 dead. A few of those injured were hurt from trauma that didn't involve gunshots, he said.

-- Kurt Heine
8:08 PM – Today
WATCH: Aurora Police Chief, Colorado Governor, Hold Briefing

Officials hold a Friday evening briefing on the Batman shootings in Aurora, Colo.

To watch the briefing live, click here.
7:27 PM – Today
James Holmes To Appear In Court Monday

Accused Batman shooter James Eagan Holmes will appear in Arapahoe County court Monday morning for what Colorado calls an initial advisement, the Denver Post reported.

A judge will advise Holmes of his rights and a prosecutor may file formal charges. After that, it may be months until he is tried in the shooting of 71 people, killing 12.

-- Kurt Heine

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:30:00 pm
 6:05 PM – Today
'Dark Knight' Director Chris Nolan 'Devastated' By 'Unbearably Savage' Attack

    Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.

Click here to read the full statement.
6:01 PM – Today
Gun Game Advertising Gaffe

On a day when political campaigns canceled events and moved to halt their negative advertising, at least for a moment in deference to the tragedy in Colorado, Google's automated online advertising placement mechanism provided a troubling reminder of the way gun violence permeates our culture.

As described below, the brother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi had linked to a two-year-old YouTube video of her, falling in heels on the ice while attempting her first interview, as way to keep the focus on his sister. Next to the playful, heartbreaking video, at least some YouTube viewers saw an advertisement for the video game "Combat Arms" featuring an assailant pointing assault weapons in all directions over the caption "Get Armed" and "Frag For Free."


Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:30:46 pm
 5:56 PM – Today
Holmes An 'Enigma' To Law Enforcement

According to The New York Times, local law enforcement officials are unfamiliar with suspect James Holmes:

    Investigators have uncovered no solid indications of a motive and no evidence of any past aberrant behavior.

    “He’s not on anybody’s radar screen — nothing,” [a] law enforcement official said, adding that investigators were sifting through social media sites in an effort to determine whether Mr. Holmes had ever posted anything that might indicate some violent tendencies. The second law enforcement official, speaking of Mr. Holmes, said: “This guy is somewhat of an enigma. Nobody knows anything about him.”

-- Benjamin Hart
5:54 PM – Today
University Of Colorado Says Holmes Left In June

University of Colorado Statement on July 20 Shooting

The University of Colorado community, particularly the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community, extends its deepest condolences to the victims, family and friends affected by today’s tragic shooting. The expertise and professionalism in the response of the doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and counseling professionals at the University of Colorado Hospital has been exceptional. We also appreciate the work of all those throughout the campus who responded to the tragedy.

The university is cooperating fully with law enforcement as they continue their investigation. The alleged gunman, James Holmes, was a graduate student studying neurosciences on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. He was admitted in June 2011, but left the program in June 2012. The university has taken appropriate security measures to address the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors.
Michael Carrigan

Chair, University of Colorado Board of Regents
Bruce D. Benson

Donald Elliman

Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
Lilly Marks Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Health Affairs

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
5:43 PM – Today
'One Of The Most Horrific Nights In My Career'

Dr. Comilla Sasson, emergency room physician at Anschutz University Hospital in Aurora, said wounded people from the Batman shooting began streaming into emergency room, one after another, in ambulances, police cars and private autos. One patient was a 3-month-old baby.

"This has actually been one of the most horrific nights in my career," Sasson told the Denver Post. "This silver lining is that the baby is okay."

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:31:42 pm
I foresee us having to walk through metal detectors at all public places: the mall, schools, the movies, the market, the public library--what a ridiculous society we are becoming. Our country is too lenient towards people who commit heinous crimes like this.

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:33:26 pm
James Holmes Sex Site: Police Investigating Possible Profile Of Accused Shooter, TMZ Says

Posted: 07/20/2012 7:54 pm Updated: 07/20/2012 7:54 pm


James Holmes Sex Site

Police are reportedly investigating a profile on a sex website they believe could belong to James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding at least 59 others in a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Scroll down for a photo from the profile police are investigating. (Credit: TMZ)

The shooting occurred during a midnight premiere of the newest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." The incident is one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history with the most fatalities since the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

TMZ reports a man claiming to be Holmes created a profile on on July 5. Police told TMZ "investigators are now looking at the site to determine its authenticity."

The profile features a photo of a man with red-orange hair. According to CNN, a source in federal law enforcement with knowledge of the shooting investigation said the shooter had his hair colored red and told police he was "the Joker," an allusion to the Batman villan most recently made popular by Heath Ledger's portrayal in the 2008 film "The Dark Knight."

TMZ reports:

    "Holmes" created the profile on July 5 -- and included a picture of himself with reddish, orange hair ... just as officials in Aurora, CO said he looked when he was apprehended Friday morning.

    "Holmes" -- who used the screen name classicjimbo -- included a cryptic message on the top of the profile which reads, "Will you visit me in prison?"

    In his profile, "Holmes" says he's 6'0" and single ... with an athletic body. Note -- the FBI says Holmes is 6'3".

Below, a photo from the profile police are investigating. (Credit: TMZ)

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:33:42 pm

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Kristina on July 20, 2012, 09:35:00 pm

Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Shatters Our Sense Of Safety

Posted: 07/20/2012 8:29 pm


By Ian Landau

Across the country last night, after months of anticipation, sold out crowds filled movie theaters to take in the midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." But the thrill of the movie's release has been utterly dashed in the wake of the horrific shootings during a screening in Aurora, Colo., in which a lone gunman opened fire on the audience, shooting some 50 people, 12 fatally, authorities say.

At this point we know very little about the suspect in the shooting, James Holmes, 24, an Aurora resident. The Aurora Police Department released one statement earlier today, but it did not contain any information about a possible motive for the shooting or any indication of what Holmes has told police so far, if anything. Reports say Holmes's only previous run-in with the law was a traffic ticket in 2011.

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Inevitably, speculation has run rampant about the suspected shooter's mental health. But one expert warns of making pronouncements until we know more. "It's really preliminary, and at this point it's hard to know what's behind [the shooting]," says Alan Manevitz, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Manevitz says while attempts have been made in the past to create a profile that would help us identify potential rampaging gunmen, there simply isn't one. "In the past we've seen people come from well-adjusted and well-to-do families, as well as from broken homes," he says. "Some are loners and some have had friends. No one shooter fits a definitive psychological profile." In Holmes's case, Manevitz wonders if the young man has a previous psychological history or a history of threats, violence or psychotic thinking. "We don't know any of that at this point."

Societal Impact
In addition to forever scarring the lives of so many in the town of Aurora, the nation at large is reeling after the shooting. Addressing the tragic events at a previously scheduled event in Florida, President Obama remarked earlier today: "There are going to be other days for politics.This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection." Manevitz says our strong reaction is partly due to the location Holmes chose for his crime. "Traditionally in America movie theaters are a safe, family environment where everybody goes and settles down into the dark," he says. "You can watch a scary movie because you know you're safe in the movie theater and can enjoy the experience." The Aurora shooting has suddenly turned that upside down. "That presumption of safety gets shattered," Manevitz explains, "and you feel the vulnerability at that moment."

He says it's understandable that anyone considering seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" might now be having second thoughts. "If you go see Dark Knight now, you have an identification with what happened [in Aurora]," he says. "You don't just say, 'Oh, I'm going to the Batman movie.' You say, 'I'll look over my shoulder.' And that's a natural reaction."

Children in particular may struggle with the emotional impact of the Aurora shooting. "The Dark Knight Rises" is rated PG-13 and undoubtedly millions of kids are planning to see it. But they may now have very confused feelings. In circumstances like these, Manevitz says, young children and adolescents may experience an acute stress reaction. Parents should be on the lookout for such things as new fears, distressing dreams, aggression and separation anxiety. "A child might now say, 'I don't want to go to the movies,'" says Manevitz. He recommends parents be reassuring and try to keep kids from ruminating on the events in Colorado.

Violence In Media
The Aurora shooting may also prompt parents and others to wonder anew about the link between violence in movies and other media and real-life violence. "The Dark Knight Rises" features "intense sequences of violence and action," according to the Motion Picture Association of America's justification for its PG-13 rating. And while research is mixed on the effects of media violence, Manevitz for one is certain that media at least has some influence on us -- even if the exact ways it affects us are unknown. "In the old days when Fonzie showed a library card on "Happy Days", library registration shot up nationwide," he recalls. "When the Budweiser campaign started shouting 'Wazzup!' everybody was screaming 'Wazzup!' So of course media affects us."

But that doesn't mean violent media necessarily has negative effects either. "While cop shows and crime reports make us scared," says Manevitz, "they also make us understand the reality and teach us you have to be careful in situations."

Regardless of the effects of media, however, or the explanations that may eventually emerge for the Aurora shooting, there is no sense to be made of the senseless violence. As Manevitz says, the most we can take away from the tragedy right now is a reminder "that life is fragile and that violence can come in at any point in time."

How did you react to the news of the shooting? Do you think that violence in movies can lead to violence in real life? Let us know in the comments.

Title: Re: Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 12
Post by: Volitzer on July 21, 2012, 10:39:24 am
Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged