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Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado Movie Theater

Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado Movie Theater

 

A gunman killed 12 people and wounded 38 more in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

The shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes, used tear gas to disorient the crowd, before opening fire on moviegoers at an early-morning screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Holmes was taken into custody by Aurora police.

“He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Aurora police spokesperson Frank Fania told CNN.

Police said that Holmes appeared at the front of the theater, possibly entering through an emergency door. Holmes allegedly wore a gas mask. He was armed with a shotgun, a rifle, and two handguns. Holmes began shooting in the front of the theater, and worked his way back, firing randomly into the crowd.

One witness said he saw Holmes as a silhouette through the smoke.

“I told my girlfriend to just play dead,” Chandler Brannon told Reuters, who added that he never got a clear view of Holmes.

Florita Seeger, the mother of another witness, said that her daughter said Holmes was dressed “like he was on a SWAT team.”

Seeger’s daughter, Jennifer, slid onto the floor to avoid being shot.

“He pointed a gun at her from five feet away,” Seeger said. “She told me ‘Mom, God saved me, God still loves me.’”

Police said 10 people died on the scene, and two others died in the hospital.

President Barack Obama and his challenger, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, both expressed sorrow at the attacks.

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Obama cancelled a campaign stop in Ft. Meyers, Fla., and was returning to Washington.

Romney said he was “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,” Romney said in a statement. “We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

Aurora is less than 15 miles from the site of another mass shooting, the April 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

 

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4:25PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

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5:00PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Sad.

4:59PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Sad.

4:59PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Sad.

3:17PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Several things:
1] THESE MASS SHOOTINGS, THESE MASS DEATHS, NEED TO BE RE-DEFINED AS A "PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE". Which they ARE.
There is an "EPIDEMIC" of shootings and shooting deaths and injuries; and THIS IS NO LONGER A METAPHOR.
Please consider this seriously; and see why it is PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE to have this issue RE-FRAMED as a Public Health Issue. Like the Black Death; or HIV/AIDS; or Polio used to be. The meme of gun "control" is probably no longer useful, as that has bad connotations; this can also be RE-FRAMED as an issue of gun REGULATION.

2] The NRA must be seen as A FRONT GROUP FOR WEALTHY, GREEDY CORPORATIONS WHICH GET THEIR WEALTH FROM MANUFACTURING GUNS AND AMMO. Which the NRA, IS. The Corporate Manufacturers ALSO PROFIT FROM THESE DEATHS. And from the nearly-complete LACK OF REGULATIONS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS. Like the Oil Companies don't like regulations for drilling in the Arctic, etc.
3] Sensible regulation DOES NOT LEAD TO ABOLISHING GUNS. As NRA propaganda for the MANUFACTURERS, would have you believe!
4] THERE ARE POLITICIANS OUT THERE, WHO BENEFIT FROM CHAOS. The Chaos that ensues when NONE OF US FEELS SAFE ANYWHERE. THIS is a large part of what brings Dictators to power! Some on the Far Right, for example, OPPOSE GUN REGULATION OF *ANY* KIND WHATSOEVER -- because they BENEFIT FROM CHAOS. And FEAR. And public -- dare I say it? -- Anarchy. Resulting from uninhibited shoot-'em-ups everywhere.

7:57PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Holmes does not need help, he needs to be euthanized.

10:39PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Holmes definitely needs help...

11:43PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

There needs to be stricter gun laws. James Holmes also needs psychological help. This is an incredible tragedy.

9:38AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

noted

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