July 20th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Police: Suspect got guns, ammo legally

At least 12 people were killed and another 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. (Earlier, police said 14 were dead and 38 wounded.)

The heavily armed suspect has been identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old Aurora resident who had been a doctoral student at the University of Colorado. He was arrested without putting up a fight at the theater moments after police arrived, Oates said.

Chaos broke out during the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Aurora 16 theater when the shooting began, police and witnesses said. A man told CNN affiliate KUSA that people were confused when the shooting started because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.

According to Oates, Holmes' apartment housed a device with "incendiary devices, some chemical elements linked together with all kinds of wires."

Below are running updates: (See full story | Photos)

[Updated 11:00 p.m. ET] Some residents of Aurora, Colorado, gathered in community, prayer and faith late Friday to honor the victims of a shooting inside a local movie theater.

"Today, we came to pray. Today we came to heal," said Rhonda Fields, a Colorado state representative.

"This is a very sad situation. I don't know about you, but I'm shaken. We have 12 people that lost their lives just behind us ... I don't know what else to do but to pray," she said.

Fields spoke at an evening vigil that brought together various faith leaders, and which was held near where the shooting took place.

[Updated 9:43 p.m. ET] Twelve people are dead and 58 wounded following a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, police investigator Trevor Materasso told CNN by telephone Friday night. The toll given earlier by Police Chief Dan Oates during a press conference Friday night was incorrect, authorities said.

[Updated 9:27 p.m. ET] Chad Weinman, CEO of TacticalGear.com of Chesterfield, Missouri, told CNN that he believed his firm sold items to shooting suspect James Holmes.

The company checked its records after employees heard about the shooting and found a receipt matching Holmes' name and his Aurora, Colorado, address, Weinman said.

The receipt showed that Holmes bought an $106.99 Blackhawk urban assault vest, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite triple pistol magazine, a $52.99 Blackhawk Omega Elite M16 magazine pouch, and a $77.99 Blackhawk Be-Wharned silver knife.

With shipping costs, the total bill came to $306.99, according to a copy of the receipt provided to CNN.

The firm sells equipment to military and police personnel - as well as weekend warriors, Weinman said.

[Updated 9:24 p.m. ET] Authorities expect within the hour to have a complete list of casualties from the mass shooting at a movie theater and will begin the process of notifying families, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.

[Updated 9:20 p.m. ET] The suspect is believed to have obtained all his guns and ammunition legally, Police Chief Dan Oates said.

[Updated 9:18 p.m. ET] The suspect is in Arapahoe County Jail, Police Chief Dan Oates said. He will have his first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

[Updated 9:15 p.m. ET] Five apartment buildings, including the suspect’s apartment building have been evacuated as police try to figure out how to get into the suspect’s booby-trapped apartment, Police Chief Dan Oates said. Police will not try to enter the apartment until at least Saturday.

[Updated 9:12 p.m. ET] The suspect purchased 6,000 rounds of ammo over the Internet, Police Chief Dan Oates said.

[Updated 9:11 p.m. ET] The last of the bodies were removed from the theater by 5 p.m. local time, Police Chief Dan Oates said.

[Updated 9:07 p.m. ET] As of 3:30 p.m. Mountain time, 11 shooting victims were in critical condition in local hospitals, Gov. John Hickenlooper said at a news conference. There were 30 victims still in hospitals in total, he said.

[Updated 7:26 p.m. ET] It is possible authorities may wind up using robots to blow up the booby traps and explosives inside the shooting suspect's apartment because it may be too dangerous to send people in to do it, a law enforcement source tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

A decision isn't expected until tomorrow about entering the apartment, the source said.

“There’s so much circuitry and collapsing circuits,  it’s a difficult process,”  the source said.

Robots were sent in during the day and investigators, including explosives technicians, are going over all the information gathered from those robots.

[Updated 7:06 p.m. ET] Christopher Nolan, the director of "The Dark Knight Rises," released a statement Friday after the shootings at a Colorado theater:

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.  The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

[Updated 6:46 p.m. ET] Some cities and theaters around the country tightened security on Friday in the wake of a deadly shooting inside a Colorado movie house. Click here for a partial list of the steps taken.

[Updated 6:42 p.m. ET]  The wounded were being treated at five medical centers. CNN was unable to account for all 59 injured from lists provided by officials. Hospitals gave these accounts Friday afternoon:

- University of Colorado Hospital had 23 patients, nine remaining in critical condition. Ten patients were treated and released.

- Denver Health Medical Center received six patients. Three remained in fair condition and three were released.

- Children's Hospital Colorado said it had six injured, ranging from critical to good condition. One patient had died.

- Swedish Medical Center had three patients in fair condition. A 19-year-old man was treated and released.

- Parker Adventist Hospital treated and released two patients.

[Updated 6:31 p.m. ET] Suspect James Holmes attended the University of California, Riverside, graduating with a B.S. in neuroscience in the spring of 2010.

"Academically, he was at the top of the top," Chancellor Timothy P. White told reporters Friday. "He really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his years with us, graduating with highest honors."

[Updated 5:35 p.m. ET] Suspect James Holmes purchased a ticket and walked into the movie theater, then sneaked out an exit door, left the door propped open, geared up, gathered weapons and walked back into the theater through the exit door, a law enforcement source told CNN's Ed Lavandera.

[Updated 5:30 p.m. ET] Bass Pro Shops confirms it sold two guns to James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shootings.

"Based on the records we have reviewed, personnel in our Denver store correctly and fully followed all Federal requirements with respect to the sale of one shotgun and one handgun to the individual identified in this incident. Background checks, as required by Federal law, were properly conducted, and he was approved," said a statement from Larry Whiteley, manager of Bass Pro Shops communications.

[Updated 5:19 p.m. ET] James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shootings, purchased the guns used himself at Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain Guns, a law enforcement source tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti. The source said he bought the guns in May, June and July of this year.

The source adds that Holmes left loud music playing in his apartment. The music was set on a timer so that it blared in the apartment once he left for the movie theater. The music was described by the source as “techno-music.”

[Updated 4:35 p.m. ET] Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes had colored his hair red and told police that he was “the Joker,” a federal law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

[Updated 4:28 p.m. ET] U.S. troops were among the casualties in the shooting rampage at the Colorado movie theater, including a sailor who was listed as unaccounted for, the Pentagon said Friday.

The Defense Department released a statement that said one sailor was injured and another one, known to have been at the theater, was unaccounted for. Two airmen were wounded in the incident, it said.

[Updated 4:12 p.m. ET] The gunman in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting was carrying a drum magazine, which is capable of holding more than 100 rounds of ammunition, a law enforcement source said. All the guns used in the attack were legally purchased at Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain Guns in the past six months, according to the source.

[Updated 3:50 p.m. ET] Jessi Ghawi, an aspiring Colorado sports reporter who had narrowly escaped a Toronto mall shooting last month, was killed in the attack, her family says. Ghawi, who had blogged about her experience in Canada, "has indeed died of injuries sustained in the shooting," her brother, Jordan Ghawi, wrote Friday on his own blog.

[Updated 3:43 p.m. ET] A federal law enforcement official tells CNN that all of the guns found at the scene of the shooting were purchased legally at Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain Guns

[Updated 3:39 p.m. ET] A spokeswoman has confirmed to CNN that Warner Bros. will not be canceling any screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises." The blockbuster raked in $27 million on midnight screenings alone on Thursday, according to Exhibitor Relations.

[Updated 3:28 p.m. ET] Staff and faculty at the University of Colorado were evacuated from two buildings while authorities swept the area after the shooting. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said suspected shooter James Holmes worked as a research assistant in the neurosciences department, in which he was a graduate student. Nothing out of the ordinary had been found as of Friday afternoon.

[Updated 2:16 p.m. ET] Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said the suspect was wearing black, military or police-style tactical gear including a helmet, vest, leggings, throat protector and groin protector. He said he surrendered to police without a fight.

[Updated 2:10 p.m. E.T.] Oates said the trap in Holmes' apartment included explosives. There were "incendiary devices, some chemical elements linked together with all kinds of wires."

"As a layman, it's not something I've ever seen before," said Oates, who said bomb experts continue to investigate.

[Updated 2:08 p.m. ET] "We are not speculating on motive," Oates said. He said officers almost immediately apprehended Holmes when they arrived, less than 90 seconds after receiving the first call to the scene. Oates was referring to the rifle as an AR-15. An ATF official previously told CNN it was a knockoff.

[Updated 2:04 p.m. ET] The suspect, James Holmes, was an Aurora resident who had no criminal history, Oates said. He said his only interaction with local authorities was a speeding ticket. He said three firearms, an assault rifle, a shotgun and a Glock handgun were fired. Another Glock was found in the suspect's vehicle, Oates said.

[Updated 2:02 p.m. ET] Police Chief Oates also confirmed that the suspect's apartment was "booby trapped" when police arrived.

[Updated 1:59 p.m. ET] Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates just said 71 people were shot in the attack. That raises the number of injuries to 59, dramatically more than the 38 that were being reported. He says no other suspects are being sought at this time.

[Updated 1:38 p.m. ET] A National Rifle Association spokeswoman says a callous-seeming Twitter message Friday morning was posted by a staffer who hadn't heard about the shooting.

"Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?" read the tweet, from the pro-gun group's American Rifleman journal's account.

Read the full story from CNN Tech's John Sutter here.

[Updated 1:30 p.m. ET] More details on the weapons found at the crime scene. A senior ATF official tells CNN's Terry Frieden that the rifle was described as an AR-15 knockoff that fires .223-caliber rounds. He confirmed that a shotgun was found and said that the two handguns were Glocks. The official could not confirm how many of those weapons were fired during the attack.

[Updated 1:07 p.m. ET] Tracy Lauzon, trauma director at Medical Center of Aurora, has just spoken about the situation there. She said the hospital, which received some of the wounded after the shooting, treated a total of 15 patients. Eight of them were treated and released, she said. Of the seven remaining, five had surgery, she said, and one was being prepared for surgery as she spoke. No one taken to the hospital has later died, Lauzon said.

[Updated 12:57 p.m. ET] Police Lt. Andra Brown has distributed a statement from the family of the suspect:

"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the family and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy."

[Updated 12:20 p.m. ET] The University of Colorado has released an image of the suspected shooter, James Holmes. The university confirms that he was a doctoral candidate in the neuroscience program there. He enrolled at the school in June 2011 and was in the process of withdrawing, the school says.

[Updated 11:43 a.m. ET] A federal law enforcement source tells CNN's Susan Candiotti that the suspect had the following weapons: [1] A 12-gauge shotgun with a legal capacity of up to three shells. Shotguns like this can be modified to increase their capacity, the source said. [2] An "AK-47 style" assault rifle normally equipped with a magazine capable of firing up to 30 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition. It's not known whether it was an automatic or semi-automatic model.  [3] Two handguns.

[Updated 11:29 a.m. ET] U.S. military service members were among the victims of the shooting, according to Pentagon spokesman George Little. CNN's Barbara Starr reports that Little could not yet say how many or whether they were injured or killed. Buckley Air Force Base has said some of its personnel were injured in the shooting. Air Force, Army and reserves troops are stationed at Buckley.

[Updated 11:06 a.m. ET]
Here's a roundup of witnesses and victims describing the chaos in the moments during and after the shooting. Says one, "He just pointed the gun directly at my face. I was just terrified and I just jumped into the aisle and just started crying."

[Updated 10:45 a.m. ET] Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has spoken out on the shooting, calling it "an act of depravity."

"It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning," Hickenlooper said in a prepared statement. "Our prayers and condolences go first to the families of those killed, and we share the grief of everyone affected by this senseless event. We appreciate the swift work by local, state and federal law enforcement. Coloradans have a remarkable ability to support one another in times of crisis. This is one of those times.”

[Updated 10:19 a.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado), who represents Aurora, tells CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that the shooting raises questions about how alleged shooter James Holmes may have gotten his hands on the weapons used in the attack, but that the time is not right to speculate.

"Here's a young man who obviously had access to some very high-powered weapons and he hurt a lot of people and it's terrible ... ," Perlmutter said in a telephone interview. "Right now, it's about making sure the people who were shot and are alive get the best medical care possible and that we pray and do our best to console folks who have been hurt by this tragedy."

Perlmutter said the White House contacted him at about 5 a.m. in Washington. He said he later heard from one of his children who had planned to go see "Dark Knight Rises," but at a different local theater.

Authorities are saying at least four weapons were used, including one "AK-type" rifle and that the shooter wore a bulletproof vest and gas mask.

[Updated at 9:57 a.m. ET] VIDEO: A witness describes to CNN affiliate KDVR a baby who was shot, another victim with "blood caked all over his face."

[Updated at 9:36 a.m. ET] Two federal law enforcement sources involved in the investigation tell CNN the suspect in custody is James Holmes, 24.

[Updated at 9:21 a.m. ET] A witness tells CNN affiliate KCNC that the shooter pointed a gun at her. She said she dropped to her hands and knees, and the gunman began shooting people "in the aisle behind me."

Like other witnesses, she said the shooting was preceded by the gunman tossing a canister of gas (some witnesses say it was tear gas). She also said the gunman's first shot was to the ceiling.

[Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET] President Barack Obama, who earlier released a statement about the shooting (see 7:42 a.m. entry) plans to talk about the massacre at a campaign event scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. ET Friday in Fort Myers, Florida, White House officials said.

[Updated at 9:13 a.m. ET] Warner Bros. has canceled the Paris premiere of its Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," and has issued a statement saying the company "is 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," Warner Bros. said.

[Updated at 9:09 a.m. ET] A 15-year-old witness named William told CNN affiliate KCNC that when the shooter came through an entrance at the front of the theater and threw “a tear grenade,” he was thinking that it was “part of the show.”

But the intruder started shooting.

“There was a lot of screaming. It was shocking,” William told KCNC.

When the gunman “went upstairs and reloaded,” William crawled out.

[Updated at 8:50 a.m. ET] William Washington, who says he was in an adjacent theater room, told CNN the shooting noise coming from the next room was confusing because it happened while his room was watching a shooting scene in the Batman movie. So, the shooting sounds in the next room mixed with the gunshot noise from the movie.

"At one point, one of the shots happened to be really, really loud," and Washington turned to a friend and joked that the sound effects had gotten really good, he said. But more loud shots came, and people started to panic, he said.

Washington and others left that theater by way of a balcony. He said he saw bloody people coming out of the other theater. "There were just so many people around who were just distraught," he said.

Eventually, police rushed into the building with shotguns, and other police officers directed people out of the facility, Washington said.

[Updated at 8:22 a.m. ET] Law enforcement officers have found "items of interest" in the apartment of a suspect in the shooting, a federal law enforcement source involved in the investigation said, according to HLN's Law Enforcement Analyst Mike Brooks.

The suspect, who was apprehended hours ago, is a man in his 20s who lives in Aurora, police said.

[Updated at 8:11 a.m. ET] Several moviegoers said the gunman burst into the theater through an exit door near the right side of the movie screen. Dressed all in black, he wore bulletproof vest and a riot or gas mask, CNN's Mariano Castillo reports.

Trey Freeman, who was inside the theater, said he first thought the man might somehow be part of the show. The man threw a tear gas canister near where he was sitting - but the danger did not register with him until the canister exploded.

Then, without saying a word, the man threw a second gas canister, Freeman said in a YouTube video.

"He looked so calm when he did it, it was so scary," he said.

The man in black waited until both gas canisters exploded, Freeman said. Then he started shooting.

[Updated at 8 a.m. ET] Aurora police have revised the death toll from 14 to 12.

[Updated at 7:51 a.m. ET] A 3-month-old is among those wounded in the shooting, according to the University of Colorado hospital, where 20 of the at least 50 injured are being treated.

[Updated at 7:50 a.m. ET] Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said he was "deeply saddened" by the shooting, adding, "We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."

[Updated at 7:48 a.m. ET] Derek Poag, who says he was in the theater with his girlfriend, told CNN that the shooter came within 20 feet of him.

The gunman was shooting as the movie was running, Poag said.

"He looked calm, trying to take anybody that he (saw)," Poag said.

Poag said he saw the shooter with two guns, including a shotgun.

"It was frantic. Everybody trying to fend for themselves. ... People were getting stepped on, getting pushed. Everybody was going (after) one door," Poag said. "Thank got I got out alive, me and my girlfriend."

[Updated at 7:42 a.m. ET] President Barack Obama released this statement on the shooting:

"Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. 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.

"We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

[Updated at 7:41 a.m. ET] Quentin Caldwell, a U.S. Marine who said he a patron in the theater next to the one where the shooting happened, said bullets came through the wall, into the theater he was in.

“We just heard a pop, pop, pop, pop,” he said.

[Updated at 7:35 a.m. ET] CNN TV has highlighted these tweets from a person who claims to have been at the theater. The first tweet depicts him anticipating the debut of the new Batman film on Thursday night:

Four hours later, he tweeted this:

Later, this:

[Updated at 7:25 a.m. ET] Cell phone video from the theater shows patrons - including wounded patrons - walking out of the building shortly after the shooting. WARNING: The video below shows graphic content - viewer discretion is advised.

[Updated at 7:19 a.m. ET] A man relayed to CNN affiliate KUSA an account of a woman who was at the theater, saying she saw the gunman.

The woman, he said, was at the theater with her boyfriend. She said the gunman, about 6 feet tall, kicked through a door. He was wearing a "riot helmet," and what looked like a bulletproof vest, according to the man relaying the story.

When she saw the gunman holding a shotgun, she and her boyfriend dropped to the floor and started the crawl away, the man recalling the account said.

“She said when she turned around, all she saw was the guy working his way slowly up the stairs and just firing, picking random people,” he told KUSA.

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soundoff (856 Responses)
  1. Chris

    SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY A 3 MONTH OLD WAS AT A MOVIE THEATER!!!!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      That was my first though. As far as I'm concerned even the 6 year old should not have been in the theater at that time of night. No kid should have been. Not to say this couldn't have happened during the daytime but the fact is in this instance the death of that kid was completely avoidable. As for the 3 month old, it just doesn't make any sense.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Yeah, a baby at the movie theater??!?!

      July 20, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Keeping Perspective

      Are you a parent? Babies that age wouldn't be up past their bedtime watching the movie. They'd be asleep in a parent's arms. You'd be surprised how many itty bitties attend without you ever eve knowing they were there.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      That was one of my first thoughts as I read the story.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      I'm with you on that one. ???

      July 20, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue Tervonen

      ...at a midnight showing of the Dark Knight.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jaryd

      That's pretty irrelevant. Should a 3 month old be at a theater? No, should a 6 year old be at a theater at midnight? Probably not, but it IS summer and probably grew up loving Batman with his parents. Fact is, 3 months old, 6 years old, whatever, the shooter shouldn't have SHOT AND KILLED PEOPLE. Who cares how old they were and whether they should have been there, the guy who pulled the trigger should have just blown his own brains out in his apartment and left everyone else alone.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You obviously dont have kids. My wife and I love going to movies. Leave the toddlers with a babysitter (no way they sit quietly through a movie, even a kids one. And they shouldnt be seing scary movies anyway, nightmares), and take the infant to the theater. They just sleep through the whole show. Maybe you feed them a bottle somewhere in the middle, and they go back to sleep. Works even better at late shows when the baby is even more likely to sleep.

      Completely unsurprising that a baby was there. Terribly sad the baby was caught in this event, but certainly not surprising that one was in the theater.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Because 3 month olds are very portable, and can sleep through just about g. There anything nothing wrong with taking a baby to a movie, as long as you are prepared to miss some of the movie if the baby does fuss. Terribly tragic that the baby was shot.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Horrible parenting. Selfish horrible parenting

      July 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mimi

    A baby in a movie theatre at midnight? No baby should ever be in a movie theatre, for any movie at any time. Get a sitter! This is a tragedy, I hope the baby recovers. Yeah anyone should be safe going to the movies, but it's not place for a baby. Terrible tragedy.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Why would anyone think that going to a showing of a movie would be dangerous. My family all went to midnight screenings of harry potter and star wars movies. I know lots of people who take thier children to movies. I'll bet you have no children or they are grown and don't remember.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kate

    so sad my heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families

    July 20, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mercenary For Hire

    Must of been a neo-fascist Tea Party radical – After all, "guns don't kill people...people kill people..." Isn't that right Tea Party radicals??

    July 20, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      changing the subject to a polarized topic already huh..... and assuming the political affiliation of the idiot that did this too. Judging by your comments and the name / handle you chose, you are probably not much different than the gunman in this tragedy.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • orion

      Gun kill people same as pencils misspell words. This is case of a sick twisted person, you can look at this way as well, Had anyone else had a gun the toll might not be as high

      July 20, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Mercenary for hire is probably an Obama zombie. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Typical leftie rant. Go back to your occupy tent.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alfred

    Some men just want to watch the world burn....

    July 20, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tara

    Why in the WORLD was a 3 MONTH OLD there???

    July 20, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. riamb60

    A three month old baby at a movie theater at 12.00 am in the morning is insane !!!
    Should not be allowed, stop showing movies at that time of the morning, people should be asleep.
    This becomes a breeding ground for trouble. ( drugs and alcohol play a role )

    July 20, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Blessedbe

      Agree with David! They are not good parents!

      July 20, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mindgames

      Sooo, you want to invoke Marshall Law in order to avoid blaming the gunman. That makes perfect sense, Protect the right to bear arms but not the right to do any other thing like attend a movie with children or go out at night or have a drink. Yeah it's the movies that kill people, and drugs and alcohol. Not firearms....that's the NRA for ya. Give up living but not the right to own a gun. Stay in your house and hide and let the guys with the guns defend us. What Heros!!

      July 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    What stupid parent went to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and thought it was a good idea to take a 3 month old baby!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. CarryingInColorado

    A bullet proof vest still leaves the head, the arms and legs exposed. A responsible gun owner would have target practiced enough to know where to place a bullet. No need to shoot anyone else. Just the guy killing people. You are correct, a shoot out would be a bad thing. If you don't know how to shoot accurately you should not be carrying.

    Perhaps the idea should not be to take guns away from responsible people but to require mandatory training and periodic target practice to those who do. The bad guys will always get their guns through the black market. They don't get permits and they don't buy them at the store where a background check is required.

    I for one feel much safer knowing that my husband can put one bullet right smack in the middle of that idiot's forehead and one in the shooting arm even in such a stressful situation with low lighting because the trains regularly to be able to do so. 2 bullets, in the attacker, not a hail of bullets that can injure or kill innocent victims.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Guns and Grief

      And what happens when another movie goer carrying a gun shoots you husband dead in the confusion as he sees your husbands gun and assumes that hes the one killing people. It would take SEAL levels of training to be able to cleanly take down a gunman in a dark loud cinema, shrouded in smoke and packed with panicking people.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindgames

      I agree with you that gun owners should be well trained and screened, that would cut down on the amount of guns in the wrong hands, and It would be great if trained gun-owners would always be present at a crisis, but alas that is rarely the case. Few would be able to even act effectively with tear gas going off or in a crowded skuffle. Skilled gun owners probably see themselves as heros defending their family and friends and innocent people, but the chances that they would ever encounter such a situation would be very infrequent if ever. Most break-ins occur when no one is at home and most threats occur when you least expect it. If you were out with your children or friends and were threatened most likely your husband would not be around and if he were, what if you or your child were taken hostage? It is not like it is in the movies or should I say in Hollywood Films. There were men from the nearby military base at the film and they were powerless to do anything. The NRA 's influence on the non-regulation of firearms has the greatest influence on the rise in violence. When it is so easy for any unbalanced person to get his hands on an automatic weapon, no one is ever safe. We need to change the laws so that they are reasonable and safe for the vast majority of people who are unarmed. If criminals have access to automatic weapons even the police aren't safe.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bullet875

      What about the Fort Hood shooting? Don't you remember how many highly trained soldiers shot each other in the confusion that ensued??????? And a regular citizen with monthly target practice will fare better? DREAM ON!

      July 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Finally a comment that demonstrates common sense. Bravo.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Exactly. Libs would rather cower and wait for the police.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Perisha

    Selfish parents with a 3 month old in the theater. What if the baby wakes up and starts crying? The other patrons don't want to hear that at any time, let alone midnight.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Garry Henderson

    I want to give a special shout-out this morning to those of my gun-toting friends and family and all the other 2nd Amendment obsessives out there who helped make the Colorado gunman's actions possible. He's one of you, and he couldn't have accomplished this without your support, encouragement, and your financial contributions. Clearly, if everyone were to follow your Utopian Dream, and all of the Coloradans came to the movie theater packing, this would never have happened. Gee, thanks. What a wonderful world you've got in your sights.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • orion

      So in your perfect world no one has guns, well lets take away all weapons. Baseball bats, kitchen knifes, hammers, cars, anything that might be used to harm anyone. You can even go as far as rocks and sticks. A sick person is a sick person.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Just A Thought

      Yeah, like if all guns were illegal, things like this would never happen!!! Go tell that to all the victims of Anders Behring Breivik in Norway!!! More gun control legislation is not the answer!!!

      July 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Katie

    Why on earth were ANY children present in a theater at that hour? Those kids should have been home in their beds, not being dragged out to a midnight showing of an action movie.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    Baby deserved to get shot? Little extreme aren't you?

    July 20, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Why would anyone bring a baby to the movies in the first place some very poor parenting there

      July 20, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jon SunNewNew

    Mitt Romney hired this guy to deflect attention away from his tax returns.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      Inappropriate. This is a tragic event, not your political grandstand.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmed

      More like your boy hired him to garner support for the UN Gun Treaty.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. halfpint

    What a tragic event. I am praying for everyone involved and waiting to hear what this guy's motive was. Honestly, I am surprised he didn't kill himself afterwards like most in these types of scenarios. I started crying when I heard the interview of the man who saw a little girl being carried out unresponsive covered in blood. What a heart breaking situation. I hope this man gets the death pelanty for what he did but honestly, I don't feel that is a strong enough punishment for killing and wounding innocent man, women, and children.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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