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PostSubject: Dark night at Denver: 12 shot during Batman film    Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Dark night at Denver: 12 shot during Batman film


Colorado: A midnight premiere of the new Batman movie turned into a bloody scene of carnage as a masked gunman stormed a mall in a suburb of Denver,US,on Friday,let out tear gas and shot dead 12 people in the audience.Another 50 moviegoers were injured in the attack that was carried out by a 24-year-old in a bulletproof vest.He was arrested soon after from the malls parking lot.
The Paris premiere of the film,The Dark Knight Rises,was cancelled following the killings in Denver.
Police said the gunman,James Holmes,was from Aurora,the suburb where the mall is located.He may have blended in with other moviegoers who wore costumes as heroes and villains,police said,before he appeared in front of the screen during an action scene.He released a tear gas canister and in the haze,began firing randomly.Eight victims died in the theatre,the others in hospital.AGENCIES


Denver gunman looked like he was in military

Attacker Was A PhD Student;Failed To Get Job After Masters : Neighbour


Colorado (US): A gunman in a gas mask and bullet-proof vest killed 12 people at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie in a suburb of Denver early on Friday.Some 55 others,including children,were hurt in the attack.
When we got out of the theatre it was just chaos.There was this one who guy was on all fours crawling.There was this girl spitting up blood, witness Donovan Tate told a news channel.There were bullet holes in some peoples backs,some peoples arms.There was this one guy who was stripped down to just his boxers.It looked like he was shot in the back or something.It was crazy.
US troops were among those killed or wounded,a Pentagon spokesman said.
Dozens of police were at the scene,and the authorities evacuated the area while they checked for any explosive devices.They said there was no evidence of a second gunman.
Police also searched Holmess apartment building,after he told them that he had set up explosives there.Police and sheriff s deputies swarmed the scene with heavy weaponry trucks from the bomb squad.
He (the gunman) looked like he was in the military or like he was a SWAT person so he just kind of blended in with the chaos of the crowd.People thought he was probably like a cop or something, witness Jennifer Seeger said.He came in and threw in the gas can and then I knew it was real.He shot the ceiling and right after he shot the ceiling he pointed the gun right at me.At that point I dove into the aisle.And I got lucky because he didnt shoot me.
The gunman was identified as 24-year-old James Holmes,who was studying neuroscience in a PhD program at the University of Colorado-Denver until dropping out last month,the university spokeswoman said.
Police released a statement from Holmes family: Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of the victims. A man who lives next door to the family said Holmes seemed to be shy.He said the mother told him Holmes couldnt find a job after earning a masters degree from a public university in California.AGENCIES

DANCE OF DEATH ON A DARK NIGHT

The chaos at a movie hall in a suburb of Denver was chillingly similar to that depicted in the Batman films in which maniacal villains terrorize Gotham City After 20 minutes into the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises,a gunman wearing a gas mask and bullet-proof vest enters the theatre Uses smoke canisters to force his way in through the emergency exit He rushes to the front of the packed theatre and fires into the crowd from his automatic rifl e Shots fired in one auditorium go through the wall and hit people in the adjacent auditorium Among the dead,the youngest is aged six.A 3-month-old baby is among the injured Cops take the attacker into custody from car park Attacker identifi ed as James Holmes,24,from Aurora.He was a neuroscience PhD student at University of Colorado-Denver until dropping out last month
One rifle,one handgun and a knife recovered from him

US MASS SHOOTINGS



April 1999

Eric Harris,18,and Dylan Klebold,17,kill 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton,Colorado

April 2007

South Korean student Seung-Hui Cho,23,kills 27 students and 5 staff at Virginia Tech university

March 2009

Michael McLendon,28,kills 10 people,including his mother and uncle,in two Alabama towns

April 2009

Vietnamese Jiverly Wong,41,guns down 13 at a New York state immigration centre

Nov 2009

US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shoots dead 13 people at the Fort Hood base in Texas





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PostSubject: Shooting senseless,evil,says Obama   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:16 pm

Shooting senseless,evil,says Obama

Fort Myers (Florida): US President Barack Obama cut short a re-election campaign trip to Florida on Friday following a mass shooting at a Batman movie that he branded as senseless and evil.

Obama told a somber crowd at a campaign rally in Fort Myers that the shooting in the Colorado town of Aurora which left at least 12 people dead reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family.Such violence,such evil,is senseless.But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another,we do know what makes life worth living, Obama said.The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved, he said.

Obama,who cancelled a planned election campaign stop in Orlando to return to Washington,earlier released a statement saying he and his wife,Michelle,were shocked and saddened by the slayings.My administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time, he said.
We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice,ensuring the safety of our people,and caring for those who have been wounded, President Obama added.AFP

Shooters home booby-trapped

AUS gunman arrested for a shooting spree at a showing of the latest Batman movie had booby-trapped his apartment with a very sophisticated device,police told local media on Friday.The chief of police in the town of Aurora was quoted as saying the residence was rigged with inflammable or explosive items.AFP

Batmans premiere in Paris cancelled

The French premiere of the latest Batman movie was cancelled on Friday after at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a US cinema showing of the film.Stars of The Dark Knight Rises including Christian Bale,Anne Hathaway had been due to attend the premiere on Champs Elysee in Paris on Friday.Earlier,sources said the stars had also cancelled promotional events for the film.AFP

Warner Brothers saddened by act

Warner Brothers said it was deeply saddened by Fridays massacre at a Colorado screening of its latest Batman movie,as it cancelled a red-carpet premiere in Paris.Warner Brothers is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident, the studio said in a statement.We extend our sincere sympathies to families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time. AFP
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PostSubject: Cinema hall shooting: US police trying to establish motive   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:21 pm

Cinema hall shooting: US police trying to establish motive
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 17:45 [IST]
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 18:17 [IST]

US cops clueless about gunman's motive


Washington, Jul 21: US police today struggled to establish motive behind the deadly shooting spree at a cinema hall and explored ways to collect possible evidence from the suspect's "booby-trapped" house, as President Barack Obama vowed to bring to justice whoever was behind the "evil" act.

A day after the shooting, which claimed 12 lives and left 58 people injured, it remained unclear what was the motive of the gunman, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, to fire indiscriminately at the moviegoers during the premiere of the latest Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

As police began the process of notifying the families of those killed, authorities grappled with how to collect possible evidence from Holmes' apartment that was allegedly booby-trapped by him before leaving for the theatre.

Police evacuated hundreds of residents from five apartment buildings, including the one where Holmes lived, after he told them he had rigged his one-bedroom apartment with explosives.

"It is a very vexing problem how to enter that apartment safely. I personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us is in there," city police chief Dan Oates was quoted by CNN as saying.

A vigil was organised to mourn the death of innocent victims as hundreds held candles, many sobbing and hugging each other in an outpouring of grief.

Ten people were killed inside the theatre while two others died at hospitals. By last night, the bodies were removed from the theatre and authorities started "the agonising process" of notifying families, Oates said.

Of those injured, "nearly everyone was shot," with only a handful of people hurt in the resulting chaos, Oates said.

Describing the shooting as an "evil" act which was "beyond reason," President Obama today said his government "stands ready to do everything necessary to bring whoever's responsible for this heinous crime to justice."
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PostSubject: US shooting: Suspect silent, dazed in 1st hearing   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:22 pm

Centennial (US), Jul 23: A former doctoral student accused of a deadly shooting rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado appeared in court for the first time, but he didn't seem to be there at all.

Unshaven and appearing dazed, James Holmes sat virtually motionless, his brown hair dyed a shocking shade of orange. It was the world's first glimpse of the 24-year-old since Friday's shooting left 12 dead and 58 injured in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. Holmes didn't say a word. Prosecutors said later they didn't know if Holmes was on medication.

Authorities have said he is being held in isolation. His demeanour appeared to anger the relatives of some of the victims who attended the hearing and stared at him the entire time. Holmes, whom police say was clad in body armour and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns during the attack, was refusing to cooperate in the investigation, authorities said. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack.

Holmes is expected to be formally charged next Monday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Prosecutor Carol Chambers said her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes. She said a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.

Relatives of the shooting victims leaned forward in their seats to catch their first glimpse of him. Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head. David Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse during the hearing, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition.

Asked what punishment Holmes should get if convicted, Sanchez said, "I think death is." His daughter was delivering her baby on Monday.
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PostSubject: US shooting: Suspect silent, dazed in 1st hearing   Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:23 pm

Centennial (US), Jul 23: A former doctoral student accused of a deadly shooting rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado appeared in court for the first time, but he didn't seem to be there at all.

Unshaven and appearing dazed, James Holmes sat virtually motionless, his brown hair dyed a shocking shade of orange. It was the world's first glimpse of the 24-year-old since Friday's shooting left 12 dead and 58 injured in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. Holmes didn't say a word. Prosecutors said later they didn't know if Holmes was on medication.

Authorities have said he is being held in isolation. His demeanor appeared to anger the relatives of some of the victims who attended the hearing and stared at him the entire time. Holmes, whom police say was clad in body armor and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns during the attack, was refusing to cooperate in the investigation, authorities said. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack.

Holmes is expected to be formally charged next Monday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Prosecutor Carol Chambers said her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes. She said a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.

Relatives of the shooting victims leaned forward in their seats to catch their first glimpse of him. Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head. David Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse during the hearing, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition.

Asked what punishment Holmes should get if convicted, Sanchez said, "I think death is." His daughter was delivering her baby on Monday.
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