Batman movie screening shooting kills at least 12 people
July 20, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. PST
A horrific shooting occurred during the midnight screening of the new “Batman” movie in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people are said to have been killed and 71 shot. The gunman bought his ticket and entered the theater, then left out the exit door only to return shortly with ammunition used to assault the moviegoers. The gunman set off tear gas then began to shoot randomly inside the theater upon the audience who were waiting for the show to begin.
The suspected gunman, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, is a medical student from San Diego who dropped out of a doctoral program at the University of Colorado medical school last month. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery confirms Holmes was a graduate student at the school of medicine until last month. On May 8, he was scheduled to present a paper on Micro RNA biomarkers for a class on psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Holmes lived at an apartment only four miles away from the theater where the shooting happened. Police entered the suspect’s apartment and found explosives, booby traps and other sophisticated devices. This led the police to evacuate the tenants of the apartment building.
Holmes was arrested by the Aurora police by his car just near the movie theater early today.