On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. Dressed in tactical clothing, James Eagan Holmes set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms. Twelve people were killed and seventy others were injured, 58 of them from gunfire. The Aurora Theatre Shooting (aka" The Midnight Movie Massacre" ) took place on Friday, July 20th, 2012 following our hero, James Holmes, taking it upon himself to liberate the citizens of Gotham City through an act of mass pwnage.
Jul 20, 2012 " Traditionally in America movie theaters are a safe, family environment where everybody goes and settles down into the dark, " he says. " You can watch a scary movie because you know you're safe in the movie theater and can enjoy the experience.
" The Aurora shooting has AURORA, CO At around 12: 30 A. M. on July 20, 2012, 24yearold James Holmes entered the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colorado. The theater was packed to capacity for a midnight screening of the Batman blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises. By Marissa Roper Features and University Life Editor James Holmes, the convicted gunman of the Aurora, Colorado shooting at the DarkNight Rising midnight premiere back in July 2012, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for allegedly opening fire in the theatre and killing twelve people, injuring 70.
But the thrill of the movie's release has been utterly dashed in the wake of the horrific shootings during a screening in Aurora, Colo.in which a lone gunman opened fire on the audience, shooting some 50 people, 12 fatally, authorities say.
Crime scene investigators counted 240 ballistic impacts during their investigation of the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting. Other changes after Aurora have come at the local level. Movie theaters around the country tightened security immediately after the theater shooting. Some banned costumes and masks, dispatched police officers to major movie theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises, and began offering active shooter training for movie theater employees.
Century 16 at Town Center at Aurora, scene of the shooting On July 20, 2012, police arrested Holmes without resistance while he was standing next to his car behind the Jul 21, 2012 Police investigated the suspect's car outside a movie theater after a shooting in Aurora, Colo.on Friday. Credit Helen H. RichardsonThe Denver Post, via Associated Press.
AURORA, Colo. Anticipation built in the packed, darkened movie theater. Life and its cares began to recede.