Aurora Shooting: Gunman (James Holmes) Kills 12 at Batman Film Premier: The Dark Knight Rises (Photos)
It shocked the whole Americans when they heard that a neuroscience graduate student hiding his face in a gas mask came to a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the premier of a Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ on Friday, first threw a gas canister and then opened fire, which resulted in the killing of 12 people at the spot and at least 50 others injured; it is in fact the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. Later on, the killer was identified as a 24-year-old boy ‘James Holmes’.
James Holmes: this photo was taken from his school yearbook- Sky News
“The Dark Knight Rises” is one of the most anticipated movies this summer, and when the gas began to spread in the Aurora movie theater in Colorado, the moviegoers thought that it was a great stunt to arrest them in the magic of “The Dark Knight Rises,” but in the very next moment they were stunned on seeing a person in the gaseous miasma near the screen, first pointing a gun at the mass and then shooting them heartlessly.
Jennifer Seeger told that the gunman was dressed like a costume of SWAT team member, and he fired without any pause except when he had to reload his gun.
“There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead.
Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom. He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed.”
The federal law enforcement officials arrested the suspect and identified him as 24-year-old James Holmes. The officials spoke on circumstances of vagueness to confer an ongoing investigation. However, still no motive seems behind this cruel act that killed 12 precious lives of innocent people. Moreover, the FBI declined straightly the rumors that the killer was a member of any terrorist group.
During custody, the federal law enforcement officials found that Holmes was equipped with assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols.
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 that the unit was booby trapped. Authorities evacuated five buildings as they tried to determine how to disarm flammable and explosive material.
Victims were being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Some of those injured are children, including a 4-month-old baby who was released from the hospital.
Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania on ABC’s “Good Morning America” said he didn’t know yet if all the injuries were gunshot wounds. He said some might have been caused by other things such as shrapnel.
The gunman was arrested in the car park next to the cinema Sky News
As described earlier, when the sad incident occurred, the Aurora movie theater ‘Century 16′ Colorado was playing the final installment of the “Dark Knight” trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale as Batman. The series has a darker tone than prior Batman materialization. It is the next episode to “The Dark Knight,” which won Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his scorching depiction of The Joker.
As reported by the agencies, at least 24 people are admitted for traetment at Denver area hospitals.
“Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time,”