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. Progressive Pete

    We need to lay blame where it belongs. On the liberals and democrats.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      No, the blame should lay on the right wing backed NRA and on confederates like you.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    It's sad how people are making this into a liberal vs. conservative issue. An obviously disturbed individual walked into a theater and shot several innocent people, that's all.

    Now imagine that your loved one was a victim, would you really care about if he was a democrat or republican or gun control?

    Let's not polarize every issue, that's exactly what the politicians want to do.

    Condolences to the family of the victims. RIP.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    If the guy was white or Hispanic, like Zimmerman, the race would have been repeated 20 times, yet not mention so the shooter must be black

    July 20, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      What's your point? If the shooter is black he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law! Likewise, if he's white, hispanic or of any other race or ethnicity he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      You must feel really stupid right now for bringing up race!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Wrong this is a white guy. you know if he was black that would be stated about 100 times, but if your white that will never be mentioned just like this situation.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hale

      First let me say that you are a moron!! Does it really matter what color this monster was?? 12 (and possibly more) are dead, many more seriosly injured and the best you can do is play that idiotic "race card". Get a life and join the living!!! People like you contribute nothing to society, you make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Common Sense

    The more difficult you make it for well trained, sane and responsible individuals to buy guns, the easier you make it for the insane and irresponsible to commit these atrocious acts. Let go of the irrational fear that you so desperately cling to. Realize that the more ubiquitous responsible gun ownership becomes, then it will be far more difficult for these unconscionable acts to occur.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      You are an id-i-ot. More guns equates to more shootings both accidental and intentional. That is common sense and it has been shown to be true in every country in which guns are heavily regulated. It really is sad that we live in a culture of stupidity in which people with a functional level of a second grader, as in the Tea Party, can dictate to the rest of us.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hamilton of Phoenix

      That is untrue if you were there and you had a weapon if you had a ccw would you fail to act? Would you do nothing?! No you would not! You would take him down!

      July 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatrice

      what if he was just trying to get the spoiled brat white kids to shut up so he could enjoy the move ? What? You ever think of that ?

      July 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hamilton of Phoenix

      You are sickening!

      July 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lamar

      You are absolutely right, sister. Tell it like it is ! The whites don't want to hear it. They think their kids are so precious and special. They think everyone enjoys hearing little Muffy or Blake scream at the top of their lungs. White people need to get over theirselves.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      you gonna put your bed sheets on and start burning crosses you ignorant sick person?? you comment is unfounded and unintelligent. why don't you go do some research on percentages of blacks in prison for violent crimes. in the meantime I will be praying for the victims

      July 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I can't believe I'm reading about "whites" ruining movies. If people are going to resort to this low brow racism, at least get your stereotypes about movie patrons correct.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • maureen

      well said

      July 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Wow, you are clearly uneducated, illiterate, and rather hateful. Try reading the article and you'll see that
      A) the shooting is unrelated to crying babies (you idiot), the guy is probably just crazy
      B) There was no precursor or forewarning for the attack, to inform any person or parent to possibly avoid the situation
      C)Your life may suck, but that doesn't mean you should share your messed-up, hateful psyche with the rest of us (unrelated to the article, but seriously; when people are dead, others wounded, and many hearts are filled with grief over this, keep your sarcastic, 'too cool for school', judgemental comments in your thick skull)

      July 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shanaynay

      You is a troll, Dave. And a hate filled racist one at that. Buth then all white peoples are like you.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • george zimmerman

      Go back to africa

      July 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      shanaynay is a phony. Some stupid white kid trying to be funny. Ignore the fool.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      You are a troll....shhhhh...you look completely unhinged yourself!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomGI

      That's speculation. An untrained person that has never been in the direct line of fire will have an unpredictable reaction.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      duhhhh this guy is from AZ!!! Enough said!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Miller

      s kel... Yeah, those PPL in AZ will shoot your nutz off!! Better run n hide!!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      Like China, heavily regulated gun control, such a great place to live and raise a family. Who doesn't love the government having complete control without any fear of uprising!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ninjaguy

      Bob actually its been proven the more guns the less crime.you need to hush your fear based liberal ranting just becuase your scared of guns and defensless and don't need them doesn't mean everyone else doesn't need them.I live next to east stl.my gun is always loaded...

      July 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRA

      Yeah....how many cops have committed suicide with their own service weapons? Or shot an unarmed person they mistakenly thought had a gun?

      Somehow they always seem to miss the mass murderers. 🙂

      July 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...you'rrr sooo right...

      July 21, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Miller

      That's right Bob, we are the Majority, you are the Minority, that's how America works. Don't like it? Move to another Country or vote the rest of us down, and quit crying.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Miller

      Bob. You want our guns? Come and get 'em.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatrice

      How do we know whether or not the shooter was just watching a movie and some white baby started howling and he just snapped? White people are always bringing their little brats to the movies. We pay good money to watch the show only to have it ruined by some crying little white brat. Liberals need to remember there are other people in the world than just you. We don't want to hear your whiny crying spoiled brats every time we go out.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Because the witnesses said he came in thru the emergency exit. Grow up, B.

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

      ..because they knew he came through the emergency exit..it was left open. Pathetic low life's playing the race card on either side should be the ones shot. Get out of your fantasy land of self pity and crutches. Its not that whites are oppressors; its that blacks "like you" think your are owed something and playing victim. There are races all over this world that get along and are far passed it. Funny because back in the day when Africa was a shining star it was becoming oppressive that sent them on the path of destruction... You sold your own and enslaved your own...And even at that it was the Spanish that marketed blacks to the west..not whites. On top of that; every culture in the world (andd color) has been slaves far longer then this pathetic crime against humanity of early America.. Culture can be bickered over but color..that's just barbaric and ignorant. I would lock you up and throw away the key not because of your color but because of your thinking and your prejudices. White racist are just stupid and backwards, Black racist are the biggest hypocrites in existence; and are shameful to those blacks that have fought so hard to evolve and surpass tragedy. On top of that we both had a hand in almost destroying the Native Americans from their home... Humans are bad, hateful fear people are bad, has nothing to do with color other then generalizations.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shanaynay

      and Chan sound like a racist craaker too. Maybe a Chineese racist craaker.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      People like you need to be popped in the mouth for talking like that!!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ninjaguy

      Hey Chris.ill shoot you in yours...chan iS 100% right.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laquecia

      You speak the truth our dear friend. It is a tragedy and so sad for everyone. The shooter seems like a creep that wanted to be famous. At least he didn't take the cowards way out and shoot himself. Now maybe he can be studied to see why people do such terrible sad things.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laquecia

      MSN said when captured, the nut said "I am the joker" and gave them that odd smile. Maybe they can find out why he is so crazy.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i say it's a test tube baby gone wild...

      July 21, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*shia/killer

      May he got tired of black girls talkin and the movie and finally lost it!

      July 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      How do we know whether or not Beatrice didn't sell him some bad crack. She probably sold him the gatz too.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • strangways

      where's the logic? putting aside that guns are way too easy for a nutjob like this kid to get – esp an "AK 47 type weapon" which NO private citizen should be allowed to own – if you have 10 legally armed citizens firing away in a dark theater in the heat of panic – what do you think would be the result? Stricter gun laws are the only way to go. won't happen, of course. wonder how the NRA will spin this...

      July 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • edvice

      Lol ya like this guy was gonna obey the law

      July 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jqent

      Your statement is not logical. if you make it more difficult for 'sane and responsible" people to obtain guns, it follows logically it will also be more difficult for insane people to obtain them.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      hmmmm. let's think about that one for a second. In reality, if everyone in the theater had a handgun many more people would be dead.

      #1, most people who own guns have no idea how to shoot them defensively or tactically, and even if they can, this guy was wearing body armour, so you'd have to hit him in the head. How many gun owners do you know who can hit someone in the head, from 10-20 yards, while they are moving, it's dark, people are running through your line of fire, and there's gas everywhere? I mean, besides your Delta force friends.

      #2, if people had guns in that theater they would have ended up shooting eachother, and maybe even cops would have ended up shooting the wrong gunman.

      Think before you write/ speak. Your making the classic mistake of assuming a positive outcome based on what you WANT to be truth, but is only assumption.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRA

      Know this, if I wasn't shot dead first, I would have put a bullet in his head.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRA

      For sure the cops would have shot the wrong person....they are always good at that.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Egan

    People commenting about the shooter's political orientation are disgusting. It doesn't matter, this is a tragedy, no matter his sick twisted reasoning nothing will ever condone what he did, nor should it be allowed to be used for any sort of political leverage. As far as I'm concerned it is as Alfred said, "some men just wanna watch the world burn." My heart goes out to those affected by this horrific event.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alexander

    I'm sure Obama will try to spin this in an effort to get votes. But since he is from a Muslim background, I bet he is used to things like this. His Muslim brothers are always doing something like this.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Racist pie hole! He shooter did what he did because he was a lunatic driven by hate and your comments show that you're also a sick lunatic driven by hate.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hale

      Another moron!!!!!!!!!!! Why even bother to post such garbage?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alexander

    How can we be absolutely sure this wasn't planned by Eric Holder in an attempt to ban firearms?

    July 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      The shooter was disgruntled because your mamma called off the relationship! She said she didn't want to give birth to another worthless confederate loser like you!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. LadyJNewYork

    This was an EVIL/DEMONIC act., by this man..nothing more...politics, race has nothing to do with it! This man's miserable life intruded upon others that were trying to enjoy life.

    I pray strength encouragement and peace for the families of this tragedy.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    I'm sure they will never mention his likely ties to the Occupy movement.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Untamed Shrews

      Actually, he has a member page on the Tea Party site. Nice try. Do your research.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. JB

    hello people....this isnt an appropriate time for your political rants..this is about showing some compassion to the victims and their families..
    as Americans we are all in this together..we need less hate, less violence and more caring & compassion...it's ok to agree to disagree but this just isnt the time or place...innocent people have died and are injured and you're arguing about politics??? really??? get real.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    This shooter was either in law enforcement or the mlitary, or had close ties to one of them. The items used, inluding tear gas canisters, aren't available to civilians.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    This is nothing. I bet the democ-rats and marx-ist will try to burn down the country if their social-ist pinko prez looses in November.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Supernatural

    @@@phillip looks like colorado is falling to the depths of the rest of the nation so i guess you had better hide back in the closet from the boogeyman talk later

    July 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. MissyW

    The NRA will soon be coming to Aurora, Co. for a rally just like they did after the Columbine shootings, mark my words. To them the only thing important at a time like this is not losing the right to carry a gun. Must do damage contol. The victims are always secondary.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dana

    I am sure the shooter is a republican because this is the party that speak, vote, and act on hate without regard to policy and government issues. Just look at Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, and the shooterJames Holmes they all display similar hatred.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodney

      We feel sorry for you. The hatred you display is sad. Haters like you are dividing the country.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      I too feel sorry for Dana. The intolerance she and her fellow democrats display remind me of nazi Germany.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Agree that the shooter is republican! And if he's black, he's a black republican like Steele, West and Cain! A year ago Sarah Palin painted crosshairs on a map of Congresswoman Gabriella Gifford's district for the Tea Party leading up to the mid term elections and a gunman like this republican lunatic followed suit and murdered six including a ten year old girl while she waved the American flag and subsequently leaving Ms. Giffords crippled for life. These right wing nutjobs are worst than Adolph Hitler.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • India

      Ridiculous comment beyond compare.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      The only thing worse than Dana's comment is Cathy's comment.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      You, simply, are an idiot.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      @Dana Why does it always have to be about politics? Why can't you leave your political bickering for a different forum? This is about tragic loss of life. This is sad. You are disgusting. And, most people under the age of 30 are democrats, so we probably should characterize until we know a little more.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • jqent

      Just as likely the shooter is a paranoid schizophrenic, with no motivation other than killing people.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      @blah blah: The shooter at Giffords was not a Republican. Better get your facts straight. And while the republicans were using cross-hairs, the democrats were using bullseyes. Both parties are the same.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      Really?! You are bringing politics and making judgment on people you have no idea about with your clueless narrow minded into this tragedy. You need to get your head checked. This about the victims not what party they prefer or belong to. How dare you make judgements on any party has any tendency of violence. I am surprised you can look yourself in the mirror. You should be ashamed and embarrassed to even post a comment like that with this article.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Really Guys?! This just happened, and you're already drawing party lines?! Can we please cut the political bickering for two seconds?! People died. Republicans and Democrats and Independents and people who are completely indifferent died. Shut. Up.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandi

      Your an ass Dana. 12 People just lost there lives and so many wounded and traumatized from this event and you have enough nerve to spew more hate. People like you are what's wrong with this world. Keep your mouth shut if you can't say something that is constructive.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Give your political agenda a rest, wil you?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Devon

      Dana, I think democrats are too conservative and I took offense to your comment. Now is not the time to talk about republicans or democrats that has NOTHING to do with violently disturbed people. Rush might have flipped out about the Batman movie but so did Salon.com saying it was an attack against the 99% but what both parties didn't realize is not everything is so politicized and obviously there is something wrong when someone is so concerned with political affiliation that they search endlessly to push things into those categories. The person who killed all those people was not a republican or democrat he was a PERSON who committed a horrible crime against humanity and that is all that matters.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Daneetra

      I agree with you, PMN. Dana's intolerance is disgusting. But what can you expect from a democ rat trying to spin news to get vote for her party. Dana and the K person are sad disgusting examples of democ rats today.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Dana – Well lets look at the hate on the left: Hilter, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mau Tse Tung, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – all big government fascists. I woudn't consider union thugs as Republicans either. Act up, Earth First, Animal Liberation, Weather Underground – all left too. Then there is Occupy and all the crime associated with that group – also on the left. It is the left that is the group of hate. It is just that they "define" all speech they disagree with as "hate" and then label the right as "hate".

      July 20, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
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