Mass murder at Dark Knight Rises screening

During a midnight showing this morning of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver, Colorado suburb of Aurora, 12 people were killed when a gunman, wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask, burst through the front doors of the theater at 12:39 a.m. It occurred during a shooting scene in the film and some customers thought maybe it was part of the show. He first threw a tear gas canister into the auditorium, then began firing. Fifty others, including a three-month-old baby and a six-year-old girl, were wounded. Witness Jennifer Seeger told TODAY: “Everyone’s going for the door and then everyone starts saying, ‘no, he’s going to shoot people going for the door,’ and he did,” she recalled. “They’re trying to escape, and he shot those people as well.” James Holmes, 24, was taken into custody in the parking lot of the theater. Hours later, police cautiously went through his apartment, which was believed to have explosives inside.

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  1. MovieGoer • July 20, 2012 @ 9:53 AM

    Watch ZeitGeist: Addendum on YouTube (2h 12m, high production values) the first half hour or so discusses whether these individuals could possibly be born this way or if they are products of their environment (nature vs nurture).

    My sincerest condolences to the families of the victims. This is very sad.

  2. Silent Bob • July 20, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

    This makes me absolutly sick to my stomach!

  3. Germain • July 20, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

    Why?? If you’re angry about something, why shoot innocent people down that are just enjoying a movie? I can’t wrap my head around attrocities such as this one. Timothy McVey, Unabomber, Colombine school shooting just to name a few. They were all angry people that decided that it was for a revolution of some sort, but then kill people that have nothing to do with the problem they’re trying to fight. I hope he gets the chair, if death penalty is possible in Colorado.

  4. NoT ReQUiRED • July 20, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

    thats messed up, give him the death sentence

  5. Disgusted • July 20, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

    Forget the death penalty…in cases like this, there should be a torture penalty…death is the easy out for these pyshos!

  6. Mrs. Sauga • July 20, 2012 @ 1:14 PM

    absolutely ridiculous! Condolences go out to ALL the victims and their families. Such a tragedy that shouldn’t of had happened in the first place.

  7. C-Dub • July 20, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

    This was what I woke up to! Amazing, the death penalty. I cannot believe you can’t even watch a movie without fear of some lunatic killing you! Best wishes to all the families affected by this totally senseless act.

  8. mandee • July 20, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    well, guess my anxiety when i leave the house is going to return…. 🙁 people are disgusting, this guy really deserves to suffer. no more movies for me!

  9. George M • July 20, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

    Actually I feel for the victims, but what makes you think this guy will get the death penalty? With most courts meting out inappropriate sentences these days, this guy, if convicted, will be sent to a hospital for the insane and be out in a few years (to do it again?). To me, the fact he brought all these weapons into the theater, means he knew exactly what he was doing. Therefore he’s eligible for the death penalty. Whether he’ll get it remains to be seen.

  10. Manni S • July 20, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

    this is disgusting. i can’t believe things like this happen.

  11. steve c. • July 20, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    insane. just completely crazy. this douchebag kills innocent filmgoers. if it wasnt a theatre,it could have been a mall. gun violence in the u.s. is just out of control. condolences to the families on their losses.

  12. Suneagle • July 20, 2012 @ 7:21 PM

    Ziegest ya ok. Try illuminati/Mason Mind control! Who does this shity out a motive! C’mon!

  13. Olive • July 20, 2012 @ 9:04 PM

    My prayers go out to the victims and their families. This is such a terrible thing to happen to innocent people, and I am very sorry that this happened. As for the man who did this, I hope he enjoys life in prison, along with hell, cause no matter how messed up in the head he is, this is still a horrible crime and his sentence should not be taken lightly by the courts.

  14. movie Lover • July 20, 2012 @ 9:56 PM

    this is crazy and this goes to show how sick and cruel someone can be. All my prayers go out to all the victims and their family members. Hope this man get what he deserves is the death sentence.

  15. kay • July 20, 2012 @ 10:09 PM

    This is horrible! I can’t even imagine what these poor people went/are going through. I completely agree with ‘disgusted’ there really should be some sort of torture punishment. It makes the situation even more sad when you know that whatever punishment he gets, be it prison or death, its not harsh enough. The families of the people he killed will feel this paint for the rest of their lives . I hope he rots in hell!

  16. WTF • July 21, 2012 @ 12:47 AM

    This’s kcuf…humanity’s gonna destroy ourself.

  17. Suneagle • July 22, 2012 @ 12:27 AM

    Someone will blame it on the story of the movie how Bane is a Terroist lol. You’ll see. Sick minded F¥€KS man wow!! What do they have to gain in this? Maybe they were after that chick who got away a the earon centre shooting? Who knows?

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