US: 10 dead in shooting during 'The Dark Knight Rises' show

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  1. Predator

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    Denver (Colorado, USA): A masked gunman shot dead 10 people and wounded 30 to 40 others at a showing of new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at a movie theater in the US city of Denver, local radio station KOA reported on Friday, citing witnesses.

    The radio station said a figure in a gas mask had opened fire at the late-night showing in a mall in the suburb of Aurora and set off a smoke or tear gas bomb. It said initial police estimates were of 30-40 injured.

    Dozens of police were at the scene, CNN footage showed.

    KOA said authorities were evacuating the area while they checked if there was an exploding device there.

    CNN quoted one witness as saying he saw a "guy slowly making his way up the stairs and firing, picking random people".

    It said local hospitals were alerted to a "mass casualty incident".

    US: 10 dead in shooting during 'The Dark Knight Rises' show - World News - IBNLive
     
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    The mass murderer came fully prepared with an exit plan .. :mad2:
    As the place was a movie theater, I'm guessing someone would've seen him on his way out or to where fled after coming out.
     
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    Way to go second amendment. Americans are getting weirder every passing moment.

    Anyways, RIP to the dead and best wishes for wounded.
     
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    What does second amendment have to do with it ?
    You think the right to self protection is reponsible that this maniac killed so many people?
     
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    blueblood Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nevermind......
     
  7. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    What could be the reason.

    He had come out seeing Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'?

    I don't know about the Second Amendment, but all one knows is that there are too many such weird shootings that seems to be going on.

    One wonders what could be the remedy.
     
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    What was the ethnicity of that masked man??

    you know wat i mean:scared1::scared1:
     
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    As absurd as it may sound, I think he has taken out a leaf from the book of The Joker himself. It is true that the loss of innocent human lives is condemnable. However, from a twisted point of view I would say that the whole operation looks like a work of art.
     
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    James Holmes, PhD student, kills 12 at Colorado 'Dark Knight' showing, officials say


    James Holmes, PhD student, kills 12 at Colorado 'Dark Knight' showing, officials say


    AURORA, Colo. - A graduate student in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history, officials say.
    When the smoke began to spread, some moviegoers thought it was a stunt that was part of the "The Dark Knight Rises," one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. They saw a silhouette of a person in the haze near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd and then shooting.
    "There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead," Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily, stopping only to reload.
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    "Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom," she said. "He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed."
    The suspect was taken into custody near a car behind the theater and was identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes.
    Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver, university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. Holmes enrolled a year ago and was in the process of withdrawing at the time of the shootings, Montgomery said.
    Authorities gave no motive for the attack. The FBI said there was no indication of ties to any terrorist groups.
    Holmes had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding.
    FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck to reach Holmes' apartment in Aurora, police Chief Dan Oates said. They put a camera at the end of a 12-foot pole inside the apartment and discovered the unit was booby-trapped. Authorities evacuated five buildings as they tried to figure how to disarm the flammable and explosive material.
    At least 24 people were being treated at Denver-area hospitals, some of them for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Some of those hurt were children, including a 4-month-old baby, who was treated a hospital and released.
    Police released a statement from Holmes' family: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."
    The movie opened across the world Friday with midnight showings in the U.S. The shooting prompted officials to cancel the red-carpet premiere in Paris, with workers pulling down the display at a theater on the Champs-Elysees. Around the U.S., police and some movie theaters stepped up security for daytime showings of the movie, though many fans waiting in line said they were not worried about their safety.
    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."
    It was the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.
    In Colorado, it was the deadliest since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, when two students opened fire in the Denver suburb of Littleton, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves. Columbine High is about 12 miles from the theater.
    Friday's attack began shortly after midnight at the multiplex theater.
    The film has several scenes of public mayhem — a hallmark of superhero movies. In one scene, the main villain Bane leads an attack on the stock exchange and, in another, leads a shooting and bombing rampage on a packed football stadium.
    The gunman released a gas that smelled like pepper spray from a green canister, Seeger said. "I thought it was showmanship. I didn't think it was real," she said.
    Seeger said she was in the second row, about four feet from the gunman, when he pointed a gun at her face. At first, "I was just a deer in headlights. I didn't know what to do," she said. Then she ducked to the ground as the gunman shot people seated behind her.
    She said she began crawling toward an exit when she saw a girl of about 14 "lying lifeless on the stairs." She saw a man with a bullet wound in his back and tried to check his pulse, but "I had to go. I was going to get shot."
    Witness Shayla Roeder said she saw a 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.
    Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard. 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.
    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."
     
  11. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Somehow obama is at fault for this.

    :truestory:
     
  12. LETHALFORCE

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    Student loan stress?
     
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    in a sick and twisted way, the work of an artist. Especially noteworthy is the fact that his apartment was booby trapped. Now what terrorist is capable of such dramatic things?
    However, sad, because it's not actual art but murder.
     
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    He wore body armor if Police came he was prepared and a gas mask
    releasing a canister of gas then firing.
     
  16. The Messiah

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    If only he had allowed the kids to carry guns then they could have defended themselves!
     
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    he could have just drank poison or overdosed on something.
     
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    yup, planned with a level mind and meticulously executed. He was captured without a fight, maybe he has a message like Breivik.
     
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    Who cares about his message give him the death penalty fast.
     
  20. The Messiah

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    You're starting to sound like ewald.
     
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    if people are unhappy with their life they don't need to kill people before they go.
    But the gun laws in the west in USA are lenient and there is a long gun culture
    history. Anyone with a driver's license can walk into a walmart and buy a rifle
    with a driver's license Assault rifles may have a background check and a 2 week waiting
    period?
     

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