12 dead, at least 50 injured in shooting at Colorado movie theater

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12 dead, at least 50 injured in shooting at Colorado movie theater
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Fri, 07-20-2012 - 9:34am
Too sad to comment. :smileysad: A masked gunman opened fire during a showing of the new Batman movie early Friday morning, officials say. A suspect, reportedly 24 years old, is in custody.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-14-dead-at-least-50-injured-in-shooting-at-colorado-movie-theater-20120720,0,2849239.story

A masked gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater showing the new Batman movie early Friday morning, leaving 12 people dead and 50 wounded, according to police and local media. Children are among the injured, officials said. 

The shooting came minutes after the 12:05 a.m. premiere showing of the widely anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises." A suspect is in custody. The Denver Post said the suspect is 24 years old. 

An eyewitness told The Times that the gunman "busted in" through a door near the front of the screen in Theater No. 9 at the Century 16 in Aurora, a suburb of Denver. The gunman then "threw a canister across the theater," unleashing gas, "then started shooting," the witness said.

Photos: 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting

He said he saw a man two seats over shot in the head. "I can't get his image out of my head," the witness wrote in a message. The victim was wearing a shirt with the Joker's face on it, the witness said, and after he was shot, he slumped back in his chair, his face covered in blood. 

The witness declined to be identified. 

Some of the bullets pierced into the adjacent theater, No. 8, and injured people, Denver's NBC affiliate, 9News, reported. A Denver Post reporter and 9News said the youngest gunshot victims being treated at University Hospital is 3 months old. 

"This is a horrific event," Aurora Police Chief Daniel J. Oates told reporters during a news conference carried live by local TV stations. There was no evidence of a second gunman, Oates said. 

The shooting occurred just after hundreds of moviegoers had lined up for hours, excited to watch the first showing of the much-anticipated Batman movie. 

9News said the gas made it difficult for spectators to escape, and also appeared to make it difficult for police to initially enter the theater. 

Quoting authorities and witnesses, 9News reported that the gunman wore a riot helmet and a bulletproof vest and was dressed in black, entering the theater minutes after the movie began and releasing the gas canister. Witnesses said they heard a hissing sound and saw smoke.

The suspect was found outside the theater holding a rifle and a handgun, the TV station reported, quoting police. 

9News reported that the suspect indicated to police that his apartment building might contain explosives, and authorities were evacuating and searching that structure.

 


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Re: 12 dead, at least 50 injured in shooting at Colorado movie t
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 10:26am
<Eye roll>

 


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Re: 12 dead, at least 50 injured in shooting at Colorado movie t
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 8:15pm

Lack of mental health care & help for those who need it. Our country still struggles with the stigma of mental illness.

That's the irony of attempting to prevent people with mental illness from buying guns, those who have sought help and therefore could be identified as "having a mental illness" are no more likely to be violent than people without a diagnosis. Of course, you wouldn't know that if you get your information from the MSM.

Oddly enough, people with substance abuse problems ARE more likely than people without such problems, but no one is suggesting that as a possibility. Go figure.

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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 8:27pm

I think the average US citizen is unaware of how little people can do when they think someone has serious problems. Until the person does something awful, it is unbelievably difficult to get treatment for someone who does not want it.

"The public is growing increasingly confused by how we treat the mentally ill. More and more, the mentally ill are showing up in the streets, badly in need of help. Incidents of illness-driven violence are being reported regularly, incidents which common sense tells us could easily be avoided. And this is just the visible tip of the greater tragedy - of many more sufferers deteriorating in the shadows and often, committing suicide.

People asked in perplexed astonishment: " Why don't we provide the treatment, when the need is so obvious?" Yet every such cry of anguish is met with the rejoinder that unrequested intervention is an infringement of civil liberties. This stops everything."

....continued here http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/media/bestmedia/uncivilliberties.html

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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 10:44am

<<<Sadly, this is a dual problem. Lack of mental health care & help for those who need it. Our country still struggles with the stigma of mental illness. >>>

And people in our country still want to give certain people the mental illness pass, while calling others a monster when they commit acts of violence.  Typically, women who murder their own children are considered insane, while men who commit murder of strangers are considered monsters.  But  I really don't see the difference.   I think  James  Holmes was just as mentally ill - if not more so - than   Andrea  Yates.

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No free passes from me...yes, Holmes is mentally ill but he also knew right from wrong. There's a difference between that & someone who 'lives' in their own world.

My point is more to the fact that mental health care still seems to carry a stigma in this country. And, at the same time, there's little available for those who truly need it. There are also few tools available for their friends/family to help them - or to see that they are required to get counseling, etc. Sadly, though, this kind of thing will probably continue until we find some way to truly help those who are struggling with mental illness.

 nwtreehugger