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Witnesses & Victims Speak On Dark Knight Rises Shooting

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Thursday evening, a man dressed in riot gear and a bullet proof vest entered a screening of the newly released The Dark Knight Rises through an exit door at the Aurora, Colorado Century 16 Movie Theaters, about 30 minutes into the film.

The man, now being identified as James Holmes, released some type of tear or smoke gas into the crowd, and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and injuring at least 50.

One eyewitness shares:

"You just smelled smoke and you just kept hearing it, you just heard bam bam bam, non-stop. The gunman never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going."

Another audience member recalls:

"I'm with coworkers and we're on the floor praying to God we don't get shot, and the gunshots continue on and on, and when the sound finally stopped, we started to get up and people were just bleeding."

Theatre-goer Lamar Lane states of the horrifying experience:

"The suspect throws tear gas in the air, and as the tear gas appears he started shooting. It was very hard to breathe. I told my brother to take cover. It took awhile. I started seeing flashes and screaming, I just saw blood and people yelling and a quick glimpse of the guy who had a gas mask on. I was pushed out. There was chaos, we started running."

Another witness says:

"We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant," witness Christ Jones told ABC's Denver affiliate KMGH. "I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two."

One man shares a couple's experience:

"They got up and they started to run through the emergency exit, and that when she turned around, she said all she saw was the guy slowly making his way up the stairs and just firing at people, just picking random people. The gunshots continued to go on and on and then after we didn't hear anything…we finally got up and there was people bleeding, there was people obviously may have been actually dead or anything, and we just ran up out of there, there was chaos everywhere."

According to reports, 10 people died on scene, and dozens were taken to a hospital including a 6 year old child and a 3 month old.

Again, our hearts go out to everyone involved in this devastating and disturbing event.

[Image via AP Images.]

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17 comments to “Witnesses & Victims Speak On Dark Knight Rises Shooting”

  1. b s says – reply to this


    Even though I find this tragic, I need to know why a 3 year old and a six month old were at a midnight showing of this movie.

  2. TT says – reply to this


    are you serious? who cares why they were at a midnight showing not even the point

  3. Brad says – reply to this


    This is just another attempt by the Illuminati to increase security and take away liberty.

  4. Hawtmomma says – reply to this


    @TT - the point is, if they weren't there, they wouldn't now be in the hospital, possibly fighting for their lives! Not the typical movie you would take a 6 year old to, not to mention a 3 month old baby , both of whom who should be sleeping soundly at home at that time of night! This is a tragic event that happened and my thoughts are with everyone affected by this.

  5. Layluh says – reply to this


    Babies have no sleeping schedule….and its summertime. Kids are out of school. Yall are acting like these kids were out slanging dope. Theaters are usually safe places. honestly, it's irresponsible for ANYONE to be out after a certain time. Stop blaming the victim.

  6. 6

    Nothing but a bunch of cowards. Human beings are nothing more than panicked animals. It was 1 vs 100 and everyone ran, no one stopped to think hey lets tackle the guy.

    Now the backlash will be, the liberal media starts fear mongering. It's always started. "Can't even go to the movies without the FEAR of getting killed" AMC will have to put additional metal detectors in resulting in a higher ticket price nation wide..You'll have your libtards going "zomg ban guns" "zomg we need gun control" just because a single person in a nation of 300+ million people and 150+ million guns decided to flip his shit that night.

    Where were the CONCEALED weapons carriers? Where was any law abiding citizens with a firearm? Where was an ARMED security guard? Every..SINGLE..Time this happens, you somehow have not a single concealed weapons permit holder (thanks liberals) and no armed security. Sigh.

  7. nationalenquirer says – reply to this


    I don't get why Perez is now a breaking news site. Sandwiched between music news and celeb news is this tragic story unfolding. It just doesn't jive. Kind of puts a damper on things , this isn't CNN, Fox etc especially with Perez's HORRIBLE writing skills.
    Stick to celeb news

  8. 8

    Who were the idiots bringing fucking KIDS to a midnight showing for batman? I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR A BABY CRYING WHEN I PAY MONEY TO SEE A FRIGGING MOVIE. Hopefully the parents of said kids were killed. No wonder people shoot the shit out of people these days. You have rude, irresponsible, uncourteous twats.

  9. tmu says – reply to this


    He got in through the exit doors. I don't think they would put metal detectors at exit doors…

  10. andy says – reply to this



  11. 11

    Those poor people. What a nightmare! You can't go to the mall, can't watch a movie, can't walk down the street, can't do anything without having the fear of someone killing you or someone else around you any more. So disturbing.

  12. 12

    SO sad! People saying the parents who brought their kids should be killed? Shame on you. Some people bring their kids, I wouldn't..but some do, its none of our business what they do with their own children, its just a very sad circumstance in this case.

  13. 13

    The second a tragedy is turned into a political agenda I no longer give a fuck or have sympathy for any of the victims. Amongst the wounded their was a baby and a child. Who brings a fucking newborn to a midnight showing of batman? I pay money to see a movie, I don't want to hear a baby screaming and crying when a loud scene comes on. No wonder so many people go on shooting sprees. The amount of rude, inconsiderate asshats is mind blowing and would make anyone flip their shit.

    I do wish that people would stop using firearms for killing sprees. Instead use a car or a bomb. That way law abiding gun owners like myself won't have to deal with the libtards. But rest assured, you won't have ANYONE saying "zomg we need to ban cars, zomg we need to make cars slower".

    People get drunk, get into a car and run a child over. No one says ban alcohol, no one says ban cars. When someone gets stabbed to death, no one says ban knives. But a gun? lul.

    I despise the majority of human beings, I also own well over 20 firearms and my dad doubles my amount. I haven't went on a fucking killing spree and never will. What the media will neglect to mention once the inevitable gun debate comes from this is that 349 million other people did not gun on a shooting spree, and that 150 million other firearms did not kill a bunch of people.

  14. 14

    Re: NookiesWA – There are people on here who live close by and know some of the victims. A little respect goes a long way.

  15. Holly says – reply to this


    What the hell is wrong with soem of you people? Who the fuck cares and whats it your business that kids are in a movie theater? And if a baby is there who cares..For you to say that the kids bascially deserved to be killed you are fucking a nut case yourself..You hid behind a computer screen to freely say what you want, so do that but remind yourself this hell is waiting for you asswhole..COWARDS that talk shit behind there computer screen..JACK ASS

  16. Alex61493 says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – Just shut up. You're ignorant.

  17. 17

    Re: Alex61493 – Aww, you learned a new word and saw that everyone else is saying it..Nothing I said was "ignorant" learn the definition of a word before you call people that. otherwise it makes you look like a retard.