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:

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Four hours later, he tweeted this:

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Later, this:

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[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.

soundoff (856 Responses)
  1. Ashley Wagner

    While it DOES upset me that there was a 3 month old infant in the movie theater, please let's not let forget that the parents of that baby are victims as well. They DID NOT deserve to be in that situation just like every other person did not deserve to be victims of such a tragedy.

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

      If I had a kid that age I wouldn't take them to a movie at that time either, but that is my choice. No one should be criticizing the parents of this child and accusing them of being irresponsible, because there is nothing wrong with taking an infant to a movie, except that they can be a bit disruptive. Get off this family's back!

      July 20, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • golanego

      Good Parenting! Taking a baby to dark loud place. Thats the perfect enviroment to sleep in. For those of you with babies at home, if you cant afford a babysitter then you cant afford to go to the movie!

      July 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryberg

    No place is safe in this twisted world we live in. Can't even enjoy a night out anymore. That's why I have Netflix.

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

      Does anyone else avoid movie theaters because of fear of violence? What about other crowded areas like festivals, concerts or sporting events?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shish

    A 3 month old in the theatre, REALLY? Why are you upset at the parent's? That's the tragic part? I'm more angered at the SHOOTER in the building!

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

      I agree, its not the 3 month old that's the story here people

      July 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Madmomma

    @Keeping Perspective
    Yes, I am a parent of 2 & I would NEVER (I repeat NEVER) bring an infant to a movie theatre. Especially to a movie that will be that loud with so much violence. Are you kidding me?? The decibel in which they show movies like that is insane. it hurts my ears sometimes, never mind a 3 month old. Their ears are very sensitive at that age, do some research. What kind of parent are you that you would do that & allow your baby to be deafened by that noise? also ever hear of the 4 month wakeful period? not all children Sleep through the night at 3/4 months old. Keep your self in check. No Child should be out that late. There is no reason for it & their injuries could have been avoided if the parents took a moment to get a baby sitter or decided to go at another time when someone could watch their children. For shame.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Keeping Perspective

      Madmomma, you do realize that there are ways to encourage your baby to sleep through a movie as well as ways to protect their delicate ears from the loud sounds of the cinema? It's not rocket science and I am not ashamed of my parenting. I'm sorry you weren't aware of these things and didn't get to enjoy any movies with your babies.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    Totally agree that the young ones should have been somewhere else! Our country, policies, beleifs, and standards, are going down the toilet. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved. As for this "thing" that did this, a SPEEDY trial, no back room deals, plea bargains, etc., just execute him without mercy as he showed towards those he killed and wounded. And I do not care if he is crazy or not! He is not fit to be called a human or to live!

    July 20, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Babies sleep through the movie, especially a late show like that. If they wake up and cry then the parents [should] take them out. Missing a few minutes of the show to take the baby out is is the risk you take when bringing a baby to the theater. Certainly not poor parenting though.

    Taking a kid that can see and somewhat comprehend what is happening on the screen, now that is poor parenting!

    And to you people complaining about babies crying, have you ever heard a 3month old cry? Its more of a wimper. When they get close to 6 months then they can wail and it annoys everyone, parents included. You would probably never notice a crying 3 month old in a theater a few seats away from you. Especially in a loud movie like this.

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

      I have had three babies, and their cries a three months old could peel the paint off the walls. I don't condemn any parent in a situation like this, but the truth remains that it was midnight, and no three month old, six year old, or nine year old belongs at that movie PERIOD, let alone at midnight.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • babydoc

      Vini_b – do you see the irony in what you wrote?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann-Belinda Honablezh

      Excellent statement. I was amazed when I read that in the news. If you are a parent, one would wait to attend during a manitee time or get a sitter.

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

      I'm tired of whites ruining everything bu lugging their crying babies everywhere. Maybe he got tired if hearing the little brat and just snapped.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaylee

      If you ever find out who your father is maybe you can ask him if he ever took you to the movies.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacquelyn

      Wow, Beatrice, you are truly rotten, heartless and a complete idiot!

      July 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Shut the hell up. Your not funny at all!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • strangways

      absolutely right, but then again many parents today are totally clueless about the effect their screaming kid has on anyone else.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyck

      I agree.that time of night to see a violent movie of that nature I don't agree.it is a parents right or choice but I'm wondering if they are regretting that decision now smh my prayerss go out to them and all involved

      July 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      a 3 month old has a whimper of a cry? maybe a 3 day old! You are sadly mistaken.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • keke

      I'm a mother of 4 and I agree. The baby would naturally sleep or nurse through the movie. Sure, it may be loud, but ear plugs can help that. May not be the choice that many parents would make, but there's no need to condemn the parents of this baby. They are in enough pain as it is. We all make decisions as parents that we regret later. For those of you without kids who are so hard on parents, it's our children who will be caring for you when you are old and gray. So be nice!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunflwr

      The same parents that brought the baby also had their 4 year old to the movie. A 4 year old for this type of movie... I don't want to be judgmental but I I have my questions. I don't think that Batman is an appropriate movie for kids that age.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      DAve, you are a prime exsample that even God can have a bad day making the likes of you!

      July 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just A Thought

      Did you ever think that a loud movie may be bad for a three month old's hearing and comfort?

      July 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tizzy


      July 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Taking a baby to the theatre is irresponsible and shows your disdain for other humans. It should be illegal to bring a 3 month old into a theatre. I cannot come up with a reason to have that baby there.

      Dude is dressed up in bullet proof outfit, armed to the brim, booby trapped his apartment and then surrenders to the first policeman he sees? That brings a lot of questions right there.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl P.

      Jimmy, Get over the babay thing you ediot. The parents are in pain right now. People have the RIGHT to take their children anywhere they want you stupid ass.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      It bothers me a lot about how easy his surrender was. Hmm.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      A 3 month old with colic will make you want to cut off your own ears.

      July 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Totally wrong Dave

      This is the worse kind of parenting. There should be a curfew for how late kids can get into movies. Do you really think that three month old child wants to be woken up by gun shots and explosions. If you condone this behavior your a bad parent too.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      It's poor parenting to have any child out after midnight unless you are in the ER with them.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I am sure the parents regret taking this child to the movies last night. I suspect they will regret it from now on. My heart goes out to them, and it is not mine to judge them as parents. Why don't we all pray for them instead?

      July 21, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • golanego

      And? Why dont we ban murder in this country. By this logic banning murder will stop the murders just like banning guns will stop people from having guns. People are crazy and no matter what you do, you cannot prevent something like this from happening without identifing the problem at an early stage. Someonoe could go out tommorow and kill 12 people with a car driving down the sidewalk, as much as we all would like to live in a sunshine lollypop rainbow society, it just not going to happen.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ryberg

    It's amazing how we turn stories around. 12 people are dead and possibly more to come from this tragic occurrence in a move theater. Yet, we see past the victims and make this about parents who brought a 3 month old to the theater for a midnight showing. Though it wasn't a smart choice, it was THEIR choice to do so. Have some decency people.

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

      kudos! America right? free will

      July 20, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Get off your high horse. No it wasn't lost that people have died. That is primarily what anyone is talking about. Believe me, that is not an over sight by anyone here. This is a tragedy. & a Psycho was thankfully caught & will be sentenced for the horrific crime on life. However, people are saying that the injuries of those small children could have been avoided.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carrie

    I agree with all of those who have expressed concern over children being pesent at this showing in the first place. My husband and I don't even go to the show any more due to the horrendous sound. I don't have hearing aids to turn off! Can you imagine the damage to that baby's hearing at three months old? That aside, this is nothing short of a tragedy. I do wish we knew a way to stop these things before they get started. Our mental health systems have been destored since the Regan era. I don't know the answer to this crazy world we live in. I wish I did. Prayers and love need to be extended daily to everyone and especially to these people and their families.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. David N

    It's certainly tragic that an infant was injured. Hope the baby does not suffer any permanent damage. What are these parents thinking? Midnight, loud action movie. Very poor parenting.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. star

    why is everyone talking about the parents of a 3 month old if it is right or wrong? This is America, free will, right?? It is their choice...so keep your opinions to yourself and quit commenting on other peoples decisions to live their own lives!! This is a tragedy! A lot of people lost their lives for NO GOOD REASON, because of some sick person allowed to have a gun...stupid gun laws and people who support them!! Walk the WALK PEOPLE VOTE in the election DEMOCRATIC...this country was once a DEMOCRACY remember !!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • l0lwut

      Gun control works just as well as the war on drugs does, ie. it doesn't

      July 20, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • jonasir

      let me use your logic against you....This is America, freedom of speech, right? People can comment about the parents if they want. It is their choice...

      July 20, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      I pledge allegiance to the REPUBLIC...dullard

      July 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adam

    Rush doesn't have to worry about voters thinking about Bane when they hit the voting booth now. They'll be thinking about a massacre.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. BoogerFree

    Who takes a 3-month old baby to a violent movie?

    July 20, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. timdog

    So much talk about why a 3 month old was there. Get over it people! It’s a movie theater not a night club. And if a restaurant got shot up late night and a baby was there would everyone be saying same thing? People with baby want to enjoy their life not stuck in a house and some babies can sleep through anything. Not a big deal at all a baby at the movies unless the baby is crying distracting people.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. BarringtonLegend

    I Couldnt have been the cop that arrested him....I would have put a bullet in his head and said that he fell on my gun. I guess thats why I am not a police officer.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dana

    It appears that Rush's radical comments about the villain's name in Batman has lead to a horrible action. Is this what free speech has come down to and will we look the other way? His comment has caused innocent people who simply went to watch a movie to be killed or wounded. Am I the only person who has made this connection because this needs to be taken into consideration that when radical speech is made there are unstable minds listening to the message. His show should not be aired on the radio until this is investigated.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      This has nothing to do with politics. Anyone is crazy for assuming so.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      Rumbaugh speaks, many die.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • orion

      News flash, Baine is a old villian

      July 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • MMAB

      Who cares whether the person was Republican/Democrat? 12 people are dead. FFS, people, let's focus on the fact that families are suffering. Show some compassion.

      And yes, there were poor choices involved in parenting, but at the same time, these parents are now dealing with tragedy on such an incredible scale. They are questioning their decisions, feeling guilty, confused, overwhelmed. Lay off.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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