Twelve Killed In Colorado During Dark Knight Rises Screening
Tragedy struck in Aurora, Colorado early this morning when a gunman tossed tear gas and opened fire on a terrified cinema audience, killing 12 and wounding 38.
The theater was showing The Dark Knight Rises, a movie I myself went to see on opening night here in New York City. To imagine the intensity of the film being played out in the actual theater is beyond belief, but that’s what happened in Colorado.
According to CNN:
The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the movie’s premiere. Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.
Police officers swarming to the theater encountered bloody, groaning victims streaming out of the theater. Others remained inside, many with gruesome injuries, according to recordings of emergency calls with dispatchers.
The shooter was identified by two federal law enforcement officers as James Holmes, 24, of Aurora. He had at least four guns — an “AK type” rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The official also said the shooter used tear gas.
Police arrested the man shortly after the shooting ended in a rear parking lot of the theater. The suspect was tentatively scheduled to appear in a Colorado courtroom today, although no formal charges have been filed according to the Colorado Office of the State Court Administrator.
May God bless the victims and their families in such a senseless tragedy.