It seemed like it would be an awesome night to be remembered in the Batman series and fans were looking forward to it but in Aurora, Colorado but no one could of guessed that it would be anything but that. People were excited about seeing the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and couldn’t wait to get into the movie theater for the premier viewing at midnight. All kinds and ages of people, many in costume showed up for the movie. The theater was packed.
About 15 minutes into the movie there was a chase scene with gunfire on the screen. At that time people heard a hissing sound from the left hand side of the screen and then a loud popping noise sounded from the right hand side of the screen. A lot of the movie goers thought it was special effects, until they felt the pepper spray and saw people with blood on them.
(An ambulance is parked outside. Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. "They're arriving by police, by ambulance. Some are walking in," she said.)
At first not many people reacted, then people started panicking and realizing something was wrong. People saw other adults and children laying injured and bleeding. Other people where screaming, some for their children.
(Moviegoers are interviewed at the Century Aurora 16.)
When people started figuring out what was happening it was mass chaos with people trampling others just to get out. Anything to get away from the shooter. People were wandering around in shock some covered in blood, some not sure what was happening to them and still not sure if what had happened was real or not.
In the end there were 12 dead and 59 injured and that is the count so far as there are still people being evaluated. One of the injured was only 3 months old.
(Police authorities gather at the shooting suspect's apartment building in Aurora. Police broke a second-floor window to look for explosives that the suspect claimed were in the apartment.)
Even though James Holmes, 24, of Aurora (the shooter) had a gas mask, major gun armory, bullet proof vest, full body armor and plenty of other weapons on him he did not resist when arrested by police. I found that strange but I’m glad they got him alive so he can go to trial and face his punishment.
He told police he had a bomb at his apartment which they found and he also had a booby trap set up that the police said was very sophisticated. They’re not done searching yet.
(Investigators were a common sight at the theater Friday.)
When they contacted his mother who lives in CA about the shooting and what he had done she said right away that it was him and she wasn’t surprised. Shocking.
(James Holmes, 24, was identified by two federal law enforcement officers as the man who opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colorado, theater early Friday.)
Read these links about this horrible crime to get all the information because there’s still facts about the case coming in. It’s sad and unbelievable. My heart goes out to all of the families and victims involved and I hope they fry Holmes. Too bad they don’t use electric chairs anymore.
This is one of the worst mass shootings in the US since WW2. For a timeline of mass shootings in the US since WW2. See if you can remember some of the others….
I hope you have a safe weekend and say a prayer for all of the victims.
If you were at a movie and this happened, what would you do?
How do you feel about gun control? Everyone argues about keeping their guns but legal guns in the wrong hands still do terrible damage. Look at our prisons. Holmes bought his guns, body armor, and pepper spray in the last two months and they were all legal in the state of Colorado. I can see guns sold for hunting and security but in my humble opinion that’s where it should end.