James Holmes, Kills 12 people In Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater!
Whacked-out Nut With A Gun
Copyright 2012 VVeasey Publishing
Some whacked-out gun nut or some nut with guns and smoke bombs, shot up a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killings 12 people and wounding 50 more.
One witness said, she saw a little girl being carried out the theater, Her bloody body appeared lifeless, and had bullet holes her back.
Other witnesses at the Century theater where " The Dark Knight Rises" was playing, said when they heard the sounds of gunfire and explosions.They thought the sounds were coming from the movie, but then saw a man dressed in black, wearing a bullet proof vest, and goggles, throwing smoke bombs and shooting people.
One witness said, "It was mass chaos," "The gunman shot the ceiling and then "he threw in the gas can, and then I knew it was real. "Everyone's going for the door and then everyone starts saying, 'no, he's going to shoot people going for the door,' and he did," she recalled. "They're trying to escape, and he shot those people as well."
Others say they heard "gunshots go off, like a fully automatic weapon. There were like 50-60 gunshots,"
At one point, there were reportedly around 250 cops on the scene. Some took the wounded in their cruisers to hospitals, rather than waiting for EMS to arrive.
The Shooter: James Holmes
The suspect, 24 year old, John Holmes, was arrested in a parking lot without incident. (I called him a gun nut but he was a Ph.D. student, go figure).
Holmes was in possession of a gas mask when he was arrested. Ammunition was found in his car. He had an assault rifle and two handguns. Police said there was no evidence that there were others involved.When he was arrested, Holmes told police officers he was "The Joker," a character in the Batman movie (hmm, I quess he is a nut job)
Holmes told police that his apartment was booby-trapped, so the apartment building he was living in had to be evacuated.
So far, no motive for the shooting has been released
Holmes reportedly got into to the theater through an emergency exit door, after buying a ticket and propping the door open, while he went to get his weapons.
Mass Shooting On The Rise
Now I know some of you gun enthusiasts don't won't to hear this, but doesn't it seem like over the last few years these mass shooting and killings have been on the rise?
According to the Brady Campaign, (an organization that monitors these incidents), "the Aurora shooting is one of the worst incidents of violence since, the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 were 32 people were killed".
Two years later there was the Fort Hood, Texas shooting where a soldier shot and killed 13 of his fellow soldiers.
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama three days before the Aurora shooting, a gunman shot 17 people in a downtown bar. 3 people were killed and two injured after another rampage erupted during a Dover, Delaware soccer tournament".
In Chicago, Illinois, "three separate shootings in only the last 20 days, have left four people dead and at least another 13 seriously hurt".
In another incident, highlighting the rise in mass shootings, two gunman fired 61 shots, wounding several adults and children, in Queens, NY .
The Wall Street Journal writes that the "NYPD recorded 730 shooting incidents this year alone, showing a 12 percent increase from the same time in 2011".
The Brady Campaign said that since 2005, mass killings have definitely been on the rise.
(The Aurora shooting is 6th such shooting this month. July 2012).
The Movie Patrons Should Have Been Armed
Now I'm sure that some people probably think that if all of the movie goers had been armed, all of these people wouldn't have been killed or hurt. Well, if everybody was armed, there probably would have been even more victims, because people would have been firing wildly and blindly, in the smoke filled theater, unable to breathe and in their panic and confusion, shooting other movie goers. And as bad as the current situation is, that would have been a far worst scenario don't cha think?
James Holmes Update
James Holmes had a court hearing today. His hair was dyed red and he looked dazed and confused. His hands and feet were shackled. About 2 dozen of his victims were also present. Holmes never looked in their direction.
Holmes looked psychotic and listless in court, but experts are wondering if he's faking it. Holmes' family is standing behind him and supporting him.