Movie Massacre: Denver
This may forever be known as the Batman shooting. In the early hours of this still breaking story the unfortunate association of a crazed gunman and the latest Batman feature will be forever embedded in our memory.
STORY SO FAR...
At about 12:30 a.m. MT Friday (July 20/12), a gunman is alleged to have entered an Aurora Century 16 theater through a side exit. Witnesses say he was dressed in black and wearing a gas mask. The theater was showing a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's 3rd installment in his Batman trilogy. As many of the patrons were in Dark Knight-related costumes, no one thought much of this entrance.
The suspect then released some sort of canister, likely tear gas, and smoke began to fill the auditorium. Movie-goers immediately began to feel eye pain and knew this was not some joke or movie promotion. It is then he began to open fire, not rapid fire according to witnesses, but deliberate point and shoot one after another.
14 people are believed dead and as many as 50 wounded, although numbers still vary. Later reports put the numbers at 12 and 71. Police have a suspect, so far identified as 24 yr. old James Holmes.
Aurora is a suburb of Denver, Colorado and is about 25 miles from Columbine, site of the 1999 school massacre. As many as 100 FBI agents were on the scene with local police. The President has already made a statement of condolence.
Click here for a live blog at the scene. Here are some of the videos posted so far.
ALSO: Jessica Ghawi was reportedly among the dead in Colorado, and narrowly missed the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto only weeks ago. She blogged about the experience in Toronto. To read that eerie posting, click here. TO HEAR an interview done today with her brother, click under the photo above. The interview was conducted by Astral's Jerry Agar of Newstalk1010.
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