Tragic Massacre In Aurora Colorado Theater
James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, Colorado walked into a packed movie theater, tossed a can of tear gas on the floor and started shooting into the crowd. 12 people were killed and 38 are wounded, some of them very seriously. The new Batman movie was showing, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and some people thought he was part of the show because many fans of the superhero series were dressed in costume.
The shooter had at least 4 guns – 2 handguns, 1 shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle. Shortly after the shooting stopped, authorities arrested the gunman in the rear parking lot of the theater. He did not try to escape and he did not resist officers.
After the shooter was in custody, he informed police that his apartment door had been booby trapped. Aurora police are still working to disarm the devise, which authorities say is very sophisticated. Officers say that there does not appear to be any other gunmen and that Holmes acted alone.
Dan Oates, who is the police Chief of Aurora, said that the shooting lasted over a minute and that people in the theater stated that “it felt like an hour”. People were hesitant at first because they thought the smoke and gunfire were part of the special effects.
This is another senseless ambush that continues to plague the country. Millions of people are again blaming the ridiculous lack of gun control that puts weapons in the hands of psychopaths. It is way too easy for anyone to get their hands on such a deadly arsenal.
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