Massacre in CO theater: 71 shot, 12 dead

UPDATE:

Police just released the identity of the suspect gunman as a “white” man, James Holmes, 24, of Aurora. Here’s his pic:

Originally from San Diego, Holmes had withdrawn from the Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver last month. He had his hair dyed red and referred to himself as The Joker to police. His apartment is said to be booby-trapped with a “sophisticated” maze of flammable devices. It could take hours or days for authorities to disarm it. Five nearby buildings have been evacuated. Police said Holmes had no criminal record in the state.

A midnight premier screening of the third Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” in a Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado, became a real-life massacre when a man set off a smoke grenade and started shooting, killing 12 and injuring 58 people.

Aurora is a suburb less than 10 miles east of downtown Denver. More than 250 police officers from across the Denver metro area, as well as emergency crews from several cities are on the scene.

The killer is described by eyewitnesses as a black-clad 6-foot-tall man wearing a gas mask and bullet-proof vest, and armed with gun and rifle. The police chief said there’s no evidence of additional shooters.

The suspect was apprehended in the rear parking lot of the theater. Police said he did not resist arrest. He made a statement to police about possible explosives at his home, so an apartment building in north Aurora has been evacuated.

The Denver Post says he’s 24 years old.

Witnesses said the gunman kicked in an emergency exit door and threw a smoke bomb into the darkened Theater 8, before opening fire. The bullets pierced a nearby theater and injured movie-goers in that theater. Salina Jordan, 19, who was in Theater 8, told the Post she saw one girl struck in the cheek and others in the stomach, including a girl who looked to be around 9 years old.

A bulletin was issued to other police agencies throughout the metro area warning them of similar incidences in theaters near their jurisdictions.

Sources: WPTV.com, NBCnews.com, CNN.com

~Eowyn

60 responses to “Massacre in CO theater: 71 shot, 12 dead

  1. Another, American sounding, name is being put forth by the news agencies. We’ll have to wait to find out more.

    • I found a Mohammed Alam, age 38, who lives in Aurora. But I cannot find any 24-year-old James Holmes, Aurora, CO, using 3 search engines.

      • I know that my mind is leaping for an explanation like terrorism. It hurts me to chalk it up to “stupid things Americans do”, like Columbine.

        • Stand by for usual left/liberal “we need to ban guns and Republicans” crud from Demo-rats.

          • They are all over that already on Twitter especially. Call for banning guns. Rushdie said the right to bear arms is the “Bane of America”. Sick…

      • I got cold shivers when I heard the gunmen’s name. My middle name is “Holmes”, and my much loved grandfather was “James Holmes” and my uncle also has that name. No relation, of that I am certain.

        • BritCapitalist

          Doc’s Wife, the All American name: “James Holmes” I believe was well chosen by this Iranian immigrant aka Mohammed Alam. I’m sorry it hits home for you.

      • My people search does show a James C. Holmes whose residences include Aurora, CO, and San Diego, CA. Age is not specified.

      • The timing is really suspect. The bus bombing and the heads of defense in Syria being bombed and this happening here nearly all at the same time or therabouts. It has the signature of a murderer all over it. It’s all about “terror” and it’s getting rather old.
        The writing is on the wall for the people who devise these disasters, there’s too many similarities now between murders, all done in cold blood. Who do we know who is cold blooded enough to set these things into action……..mmmmmmm………..let me see………..er ………….you know, whatisname?

    • BritCapitalist

      Huffington Post: “Federal law enforcement officials identified the suspect as James Holmes, a 24-year-old American”.
      Surprise!! I don’t think we will see much of Muhammad Alam in the state controlled media.

    • Probably another false flag event . Diane Sawyer & media darlings rush in with a giant movie-atmosphere coverage and distract everyone for the next two weeks until they set up the big one.. the big event at the Olympics. The New World Order sickos are quickeing up the pace of their attacks on humanity in order to usher in their plans, being exposed over and over the Bilderbergers are in this over their heads now, after 9/11 fully committed to globaly tyranny, they have only one course forward and its full on press, stepping up their false flag state sponsored events. Like the underwear bomber, this kid was probably sucked in to some covert agency agenda thinktank, someone befriended him, and they set him up. Since the killer was in disguise, armed with an AR-15, two glocks, smoke bombs (how does a PhD grad student in neuroscience even know how to get these, where to get them or how to operate them ? Not even ex military. Those weapons are standard for ex military /police officers to have the training to use them, that’s a first clue… the “shotgun” was overkill to make it look more random. If the killer was dressed in batman costume a positive ID can’t be made on this kid, except that when cops showed up they nabbed A GUY. in a batman costume. Who is to say that this was not another staged incident with a patsy (this kid) and that the real killers were well trained. They may have used him as the fall guy. Set up his apartment with explosives, etc. The investigation will be interesting. Finding out his whereabouts earlier this year, who he was hanging around, and if he ever shot a gun in his life in San Diego,. Its not like you can just go order an AR-15 online , and the ammo and figure out how to use it quickly. That’s just plain stupid talk. Kids from the city , a surfer dude town like San Diego aren’t hunters and marksman. That’s one huge clue right there. Also the fact he had supposedly armor on. Who is going to shoot back from an unarmed movie theatre ? The whole thing is so bizarre and doesn’t even add up. What would be the motive ? Attention ? Diane Sawyer is out there asking “Is he just evil?” He is a SUSPECT. Not convicted. Let’s wait and examine the facts from the police investigation. Where did all the purchases come from, when , what means, when did he come up with the plan, whats the motive, what was his personal gain ? Who quits a PhD neuroscience program 2 years into it to randomly buy an AR-15 assault weapon, two Glock 9mm’s and a batman suit with body armor perfectly timed with a movie premiere ? Someone who is nuts ? Someone that intelligent doesn’t just do random. If he had a plan, there was a motive and a reason. Given that this does more for the elite media darlings and the Obama gun grabbing camp about to do a deal with the United Nations that will create a showdown with Congress over the 2nd amendment, the timing is spot-on perfect beneficial to these clowns and less so for the so-called shooter. Nobody knows the facts, just the hearsay coming from Diane Sawyer one of the biggest bold faced liars on the planet she works for the media zionists who are radicals in brainwashing and assaulting the entire country and culture to serve their agenda.

      The only known facts are SOMEONE dressed up as Batman shot these people. WE don’t know it was this kid. Nor what weapons were used. Forensics will answer that if it was an AR-15 caliber. Did anyone actually identify by face, eye witness account, the shooter? Were there any other suspicious activities prior around the theater… none of that is known.

      Given the bizarre nature and timing, I would say this is a patsy, and there was a political agenda, the crime was carried out by a well trained individual who could do maximum damage rapidly and get out undetected, and the patsy handed over as the perp. Just too bizarre to accept the media hardline story on this kid. If he quit school why didn’t he go back to SD? None of it makes much sense even if they say he lost his mind. He sure went thru a lot of elaborate preparations and timing. That exercise alone shows “rational thinking” present. So he can’t be totally wacked out like HIlary Clinton or Barak Obama neither of which can do much beyond their schizoid confines.

      Pay close attention to how the media attempts to tie this into global gun banning. Therein lies the clue to the truth behind the crime… when it serves a larger purpose and goes beyond the individual’s crime, its a political weapon, and generally was concocted by larger forces. We are all under attack … psychological warfare by the media elite and government who has forgotten its role to serve the people, and not vice versa.

      • You don’t need to be military/cop to buy/operate these weapons. I shoot/operate many weapons – an AR-15, .30-06. Glocks, revolvers, shotguns, and semi-autos. In my state you can purchase these weapons and easily learn how to use them at a gun range.

        Yes he is a suspect, one that stood open for police to arrest. And at 24 years old, he’s hardly a kid anymore. There are plenty of witnesses to nab this guy.

  2. I agree it’s only a matter of hours before the gun control Nazis pick up the ball and make their own assault on the 2nd amendment. (conveniently ignoring the fact that a grandmother with a hand gun could have stopped this right after the first shot was fired)

  3. Brian Ross at ABC is already trying to connect this goon to the Colorado Tea Party.

    I think it is time that Tea Party organizations all over America banded together and started suing the s**t out of the communist media outlets that constantly try to tie them to whacked-out, nut-job shooters.

    Chances are they will not prevail in the end, but the legal fees would hit these lying propagandist pukes right square in the wallet.

    And I would like to see Brian Ross and ABC sued to the point Ross loses his home and winds up in the street.

    -Dave

  4. BritCapitalist

    Two quick observations as this tragedy unfolds: 1. Google the main key words: century 16 movie theater aurora shooting and you will see a total absence of conservative media coverage – at least on the first two pages, didn’t check further; only the MSM appear. 2. “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste” comes to mind as the POS drops everything for this calamity and returns to the WH. Why? You would hope it is pure compassion but I suspect the Hollywood/Young Victims connection and opportunity to blame all this on the Tea Party, et al, is too irresistible for his handlers.

  5. If the shooter starts to talk, you can be certain his words will bear no resemblance to anything conservative.

  6. As I slept off and on this morning, (early) I heard Fox bring up the sad connection to Columbine, NOT as a “reason”, but to commiserate w/ the rescue community.

    And hey, if he has/had TN plates, why are they screaming about San Diego?? (present/past tense given because of the news cycle and what they’re reporting now, which I haven’t heard lately about this.)

    ooh, now we’re up to 4 weapons and “buckets and buckets” of ammo in the house. Cripes. THAT’S what they’ll go after to control, the guns create too much of a fight. Ppl, except the mist dedicated, won’t get all amped over ammo, cuz it’s easier to bury a story like that.

    I also heard they were searching for possibly a bomb left behind, because before I heard FOUR weapons, I heard he had stashed a third inside of the theater. And Fox slid right from a bomb inside to terrorism. Don’t know if that’s good or bad, cuz terrorism is my second choice after some buttwipe just trying to get his name in the news and go out in a blaze of glory.

    All my info courtesy of Fox and I just now got up for real, not half awake/half asleep. (10:44 am est) Oh GAK, now motormouth is yapping, eech! Where’s the mute button??

    OMG HE’S PRAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (or at least pretending to) but him? Pray? Purposely and asking for it? My socks just fell off!!

    • OMG, now the police are saying his apartment is booby-trapped!! And all the neighbors are evacuated and they say it might be days! (Might be hours too, the cops did say that.) Wow……. smh Ppl fuss me or laugh at me when I talk to them about BOBags. “We don’t get natural disasters here”, (yet we have MORE miles of interstate and train tracks that trucks can crash, or trains derail), but I’m betting those folks in CO are SUUUURE gonna wish they had more than their keys and their PJ’s! Take it seriously folks! (Like I have to say anything much to FOTM folks, but others might link to this.) Even I need to have mine more prepared. In this place? Where they could easily find a meth lab?? Unfortunately, all too possible…

    • Skippy’s not going to let a good crisis go to waste…already campaigning on it. Remember how long it took him to even MENTION the Fort Hood victims of “workplace violence”? But then, he had already won at that point. Sick.

  7. This is why I feel more people should carry firearms. More people should exercise their rights and carry a weapon not only for their protection, but for the protection of others. I feel sad for the families of the effected, but out of over 60 people, if just one person was carrying a firearm, this man may have been stopped before any real damage could have been done..

  8. Folks, ratification of the UN Arms Trade (gun control) Treaty is only a week away, scheduled for July 27. Look for Dems in the Senate to push for it, using this shooting as an excuse.

    http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/we-are-insane-if-we-sign-the-un-arms-trade-gun-control-treaty/

  9. I don’t know too many tea-partiers that are out after 10:00 PM…
    some folks have to work for a living.

  10. And the retraction will be, even tho we’re talking TV, somewhere in small print on page 7. The belief STILL exists that the guy who shot Ms Giffords was a “deranged conservative loonie”. The alphabets, as you so aptly call them, won’t do anything to change any beliefs away from that idea, or that the same “loonie conservatives” did this. Makes me sick.

  11. This movie trilogy seems to be surrounded in evil! I love Batman but after Heath Ledger’s death and now this….No way will I be seeing this 3rd movie NOW!

    Prayers to all of the families! Our thoughts are for sure with you all!

  12. Alex Jones convinced psy-ops, false flag because of UN vote on gun bans. I’m inclined to believe it!

  13. A “Reichtag fire” when they need one for a “national emergency” to “postpone” the election? (Not that with Al Sharpton and faithful rioting and burning things when George Zimmerman get acquitted they’d need it… )

  14. After hearing how prepared this guy was it would have been hard for an armed citizen to take him down…he was covered from head to toe. Even had a throat protector, for Pete’s sake! How do you deal with that???

  15. BritCapitalist

    Where did he get his training? D.I.Y?

  16. Interesting fact possibly unrelated:
    Ramadan began in the evening of Thursday, July 19, 2012, and ends in the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2012.

  17. I guess self defense is a moot point. I just got an email from gun lobbyists saying the theater prohibited weapons. Guess that didn’t deter the shooter.

    • Like a criminal is going to obey any laws…silly people. I’d still conceal carry or just not go there. Heck, I haven’t been to a movie in ages – hate giving libs my money :)

  18. CBS news reports the attack in a movie theater mimics a crime depicted in a 1986 Batman comic book.

    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2012/07/20/did-batman-comic-book-inspire-aurora-theater-shooting/

  19. Now there’s a supposed OWS connection.

    http://blog.doodooecon.com/2012/07/former-occupy-san-diego-member-attacks.html

    No wonder I have such a love/hate relationship with the internet! Truth, please???

  20. I heard he was a member of black block, some kind of Occupy thing.

  21. Youre all a bunch of nut cases! For what purpose does ANYONE need such weapons?? If I HAVE to register my car and have insurance why shouldnt gun owners? Of course it slips past all of you Teabaggers that more Americans die from home owned weapons than criminals… little Tommy playing with moms gun DEAD. Mrs Jones wants to leave her husband, SHOT DEAD. Daddy is so upset mommy left with the kids.. ALL OF THEM SHOT DEAD. Americans are gun happy perverts who cringe at the sight of a woman naturally breast feeding her new born, but go slap happy when they see a gun. SICK! Oh and P.S. I am not liberal ;op

    • Not a question of need. Read the Second Amendment.

      More Americans die from home-owned weapons than criminals? Proof please. Does that mean you want to take away all our knives and baseballs bats too?

      My guns, and everyone else I know that owns a gun, have killed less people than Teddy did.

      You’re not a liberal? Considering you called us nut cases and Teabaggers, I would beg to differ. You sure do know their language…

    • And you really believe that criminals are going to abide by the laws and register their guns? And then magically not use them to commit any crimes? Are you nuts?

    • And you don’t HAVE to register your car and have insurance. Sure it’s a requirement, but not all abide by those STATE laws.

      Suggest you educate yourself on the difference between state and federal laws and rights.

    • Hey, Steve,

      You’re a Canadian, in Saint-Laurent, near Montreal. Why don’t you try minding your own business?

      • Oh great, a foreigner trying to tell us how to run things in our own country. I’m sure the Canadian strict gun laws have resulted in completely eliminating shootings and murders…riiiight.

      • Im an American living in Canada and um, I dont live in St Laurent.. typical spin job from a FOX news lover

        • I don’t watch FOX news. I don’t even have cable TV.

          Typical spin job from not just a leftwing troll, but one who had deserted the United States for Kanada, but spews insults on an American blog. You are shameless.

  22. Gun control defined: The theory that people who are willing to ignore laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, theft, and murder will obey a law which prohibits them from owning a firearm.                –Unknown

  23. Steven Broiles

    I’m a night owl, so I was up all night last night, and I heard it as it was reported—about three hours late in New York City. As of 6:26 a.m., not one word on Drudge. As of 7:26 a.m., not one word on WOR-710 a.m. as to the suspect’s name, or, any word as to whether he was a Muslim terrorist.
    Let me look at this crime against humanity—that is precisely what this goon pulled off–from a moral, and not sociological, perspective.
    First, in primacy of importance, this event was an ATROCITY: Where is our sense of outrage? Where is our moral indignation? But what has our media conditioned us to? “Gun control,” which, to be honest, should be last on the list.
    Second, why were we NOT told this goon’s name until much later on? Again, I blame the media, with their agenda. Did they want to spare us our feelings? From their desire to denude us of our moral indignation, I would say so!
    Third, and I blame WOR-710 for this (as I listen to them every morning), why did they bend over backwards to persuade us that this “was not terrorism”? To the people in the theatre, I’m confident it felt like terrorism when it went down.
    Fourth, we learn that this alleged human being is not a Muslim, or that he was not from a Muslim country. O.K. so far. All right, but with whom, if anyone, is he allied? The answer may turn out to be no one, but we are entitled to an honest answer on this, and quickly—not months down the line.
    Instead, all we hear is “gun control.” We have plenty of gun laws in America—did they stop this goon? There’s the Ivy League, New World Order, Liberal/Leftist/Progressive agenda for you: This man is not responsible for his actions—we are!
    For all we know, this might be a black-ops operation. But we’ll never hear a word about it if it is!
    I wish the media would permanently shelve their agenda and stop treating us as if we were children! Report the facts, spare not our feelings OR moral indignation, and cut the crap about gun control! We’re at the mercy of a government that kills more people than this goon did every day! And notice I keep calling him a “goon,” because that is precisely what he is!

  24. What happened to the original video showing the reporting of the name Mohammad Alam? Do you still have the link?

    • Kathy,

      I deleted that paragraph & the YouTube video from my post after police ID’ed the shooter as James Holmes. The video since has been removed from YouTube by the user:

      The video was of a screen shot of the Channel 9 News in Colorado which initially reported the name and nationality of the shooter who was arrested for the horrific Colorado shooting as Iranian born Mohammad Alam. The following entry was reportedly copied and pasted from the News 9 website early yesterday morning, which is now no longer on the website. It is undetermined if this was a hoax or an erroneous report by News 9:

      “AURORA – There is one suspect in custody after 14 people were shot and killed at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. There were at least 50 people injured to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. Oates says 10 died at the theater and four died at the area hospital. Nicole Williams, with Swedish Medical Center, says the hospital was allerted to a mass casualty incident at 1:15 a.m. Friday. Williams says the hospital was told to prepare for at least 20 patients. According to witnesses, the shooter kicked in the emergency exit door in theater 9, threw some sort of disorienting smoke bombs and started shooting. The captured shooter has been identified as Mohammad Alam, an Iranian immigrant. The identity of the other shooter is still unknown, Oates states. (KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)”

      Note that all the other details in the above report are correct, except for the name of the shooter.

      Let the conspiracy theories begin!

  25. Or is there a coverup in process???? I almost made a screen shot of it when I first saw it. I wish I had now. The video even listed the names of the people who supposedly reported this.

  26. Why are they saying his name is “james eagan holmes” when Intellius reports that his name is “james c holmes”?

    http://www.intelius.com/results.php?ReportType=1&formname=name&qf=jAMES&qmi=e&qn=Holmes&qcs=AURORA%2C+CO&focusfirst=1

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