14 Dead, 50 Injured In Colorado Midnight Dark Knight Screening Shooting - Cell Phone Video

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Just over a year after the tragic mass shooting in Norway which left 77 children dead, America has its own episode of senseless mass killing and violence: overnight, a mass shooting at a Aurora, CO movie theater during a Dark Knight screening has left at least 14 dead and 50 injured in one of America's most horrific mass execution-style events in recent history. As of right now, the FBI has said it does not believe the tragedy to be terrorism related.

An explaintion of what happened together with cell phone video coverage:

From Reuters:

A masked gunman killed 14 people at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in a suburb of Denver early on Friday, sparking pandemonium when he hurled a teargas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers.

 

Fifty others including children were wounded in the attack on the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in a mall in the Aurora suburb, some of whom were treated for the effects of tear gas, hospital officials said.

 

"This is a horrific event," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told a news conference, adding that a suspect was taken into custody in the parking lot behind the theater.

 

Police said the Aurora gunman had appeared at the front of the theater during the movie and released a canister which let out a hissing sound at the theater before gunfire erupted.

 

Dozens of police were at the scene, and the authorities evacuated the area while they checked for any explosive devices. They said there was no evidence of a second gunman.

 

Wendy Post, who was waiting to be reunited with her daughter at a local high school following the shooting, said her daughter told her the shooting erupted just minutes after the film began.

 

"She saw the exit door open and something was thrown across the screen, and then shooting started," she told local NBC affiliate 9News television. "It was chaos."

 

President Barack Obama, who was notified of the shooting on Friday morning by his homeland security adviser, John Brennan, urged Americans to "stand together" with the people of Aurora in the hours and days to come.

 

"Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time," Obama said in a statement.

 

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family," he added.

 

Colorado has suffered mass killings in the past. In 1999, two students opened fire at Columbine High School in the suburb of Littleton, near Denver, killing 12 students and a teacher.

Sky News provides eye-witness summaries:

Witnesses in the cinema when the shooting started describe seeing a flash of light and everyone diving for cover.

:: Paul Otermat crawled out of the cinema with his girlfriend

"Me and my girlfriend were sitting on the left-hand side of the entrance and front right was an emergency exit and a man walked through there.

"He came in wearing a black jacket. I thought it was some sort of publicity stunt for a second but then he threw tear gas over the crowd directly behind where we were. Then he started firing shots to the crowd.

"My girlfriend and I ducked down and immediately dragged ourselves out of the theatre to a point where we were sure we were out.

"We ran through the lobby and heard more shots and we ran out into he parking lot and drove off. By the time we were leaving the cops were already on the scene, like six cops before we got completely out, just flying in.

"It was just really like, as traumatic as it was it was incredibly weird. There were children at that show. It was really crazy.

A bomb disposal robot searches a car suspected of containing an IED in the car park of a cinema where at least 14 were killed and 40 injured in Aurora, near Denver Colorado.
A bomb disposal robot searches a car found at the scene.

"He just walked in pretty casually, threw the tear gas, then he just started firing. After the first shot lit up the room we dived to the floor. We waited until there was a lull in the firing and crawled our way out of there.

"I thought it was a shotgun at first, others through it was a rifle, we really don’t know. All we saw was the flash of light and the guy walking.

"We only saw the one guy. As soon as the shots started, we didn’t stick around. Our people just dropped to the floor and a lot of people made a mad dash to the exit."

:: Alex Molano told Denver's 9 News how he saw a police officer carrying a little girl who wasn't moving

"I don’t want to upset anyone by anything I say but I don’t think anyone should be kept in the dark by what happened. I spoke to a young woman who was in theatre Nine and what she described sounded like madness.

"She described how a man six feet tall kicked through the door wearing a riot helmet and a bullet proof vest and he was completely covered in black and wearing goggles.

"She saw he had a shotgun and her and her boyfriend dropped to the floor and started to crawl to get away. They got up and went through the emergency exit, she turned around and saw the man slowly making his way up the stairs and just firing at people, just picking random people.

"I saw four, maybe five people wounded who were limping and slightly bloody. I saw a girl covered in blood but didn’t have any wounds on here. It made me think the worst.

Witness Alex Molano talking to 9news.com
Witness Alex Molano

"I honestly don’t know whose little girl it was, but a cop came walking through the front door holding a little girl in his arms and she wasn’t moving.

"I’d heard another witness in my theatre, she was on the phone and the really messed up part for me was that she said she saw bullet holes in the little girl’s back.

"I honestly can’t think of any person who would intentionally hurt a little girl so it makes me think she got caught in the crossfire."

:: James Cameron saw a mother holding a little girl who had been shot in the back

"By the sound of it, it sounded like there could have been three or four people in the shooting. There were definitely multiple calibres going off.

"There was a child struck, a little baby girl was struck in her back and that was something that’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life. You can never prepare yourself for seeing a mother holding her child. That’s the one thing that sticks in my mind.

"I’m outside the hospital now, people are walking in here and the waiting room is full. It’s crazy, I’m still feeling the effects of that gas. It’s horrible, it’s like something out of a sci-fi movie.

witness to the Denver cinema shooting
Witness: 'I thought it was part of the movie'.

"It was crazy; it was like law enforcement just fell out of the sky. One minute I’m helping my friend, the next I’m yelling for help and then there was police everywhere, they responded unbelievably."

:: Male witness: 'I thought it was part of the movie'

"At first I thought it was part of the movie and that the speakers were extremely loud. Then I saw the smoke behind me and it didn’t seem right

"I heard loud noises and popping, first you think it’s part of the movie then you look behind and, ‘that’s just not part of the movie’.

"People started rushing out and the cops were telling us to move down the stars. As I got out to the parking lot I didn’t think it was that bad. I thought it was serious, but then you see injured people coming out the theatre."

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

Will we ever find out how many anti-depressants the shooter(s) were on?

tsx500's picture

how many paralegals responded to the scene ?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

all that hate and violence turned on the wrong target..the elites just sit back and say : " well get those guns before they use them on us, the tax units will beg us to takem".

Rubicon's picture

God! Even Batman ran out of the cinema. How ironic!

BigJim's picture

 ... As of right now, the FBI has said it does not believe the tragedy to be terrorism related.

Sounds pretty terrifying to me.

i-dog's picture

They didn't want to "do a Nettanyahoo" (or Bush)!

The MSM will steer the sheep over the next few days to eventually arrive at that conclusion. As with Breivik, none of the general public will get to see the analysis that will be reported and discussed in the few independent media outlets on the interwebs.

Expect naked body scanners to be rolled out to malls and supermarkets very soon....

IBelieveInMagic's picture

Time to dust off the NRA cliche "It's not the gun but the person that is to be blamed". Fire on!

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Hey douchebag, who else are you going to blame except the person?

You must be one of those socialist Obamabots who believe that people aren't actually responsible for anything. Kinda like the way small business owners aren't really responsible for the businesses they create and run every day.

Fucking dope.

Too bad a CCW permit holder (or two, or three, or a dozen) wasn't in the theater. Things might have turned out a little differently.

capitalist bison's picture

If I could give you 50 upvotes, I would

gmrpeabody's picture

Too funny..., and I was junked for suggesting basically the same thing.

smiler03's picture

"..... horrific mass execution-style events in recent history."

 

It's only five years since this little one. It seems Americans are somewhat blinkered, to put it mildly.

"The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks".

redpill's picture

This has nothing to do with firearms, and everything to do with our unwillingness as a society to seriously address mental illness.

We have no problem doling out SNAP cards to sane, able-bodied people so they can spend their money on iphones and manicures instead of groceries, but when it comes to people who are debilitatingly insane and potentially dangerous, the only response is crickets because it's not a pleasant issue to deal with.

So to everyone else, the next time you see the guy wandering around outside the grocery store talking to an invisible friend, or your kid comes home from school and talks about the weird crazy kid that everyone picks on, maybe think about whether there is something you could do other than ignore it.

And it's also a keen reminder that shit can go down anywhere, any time.  Situational awareness is a good habit to have whether you're a soldier, or on the highway, or just sitting down to watch an overhyped movie at midnight.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

 

 

If only a super man had been there thwarting this joker.

phyuckyiu's picture

And Obama gives up our rights to gun ownership to the UN in a few days, right on schedule. Surprised?

engineertheeconomy's picture

Killing a few dozen civilians means nothing to Obama, it was an easy choice for him, so as to get his legislation passed, he would gladly kill tens of thousands of us if we let him.

DO NOT TURN OVER YOUR WEAPONS TO THEM

IF YOU DO YOU WILL BE FORCED INTO PRISON LABOR DEATH CAMPS

 

Bicycle Repairman's picture

I really don't care if a dozen of these shootings take place a year.  12 X 12 = 144 dead.  Compare that with the Red Terror. 

I am not, and will never be, a fucking kulak.

EINSILVERGUY's picture

Couldn't agree more

Would not be surprised to find out that this guy is similar to the Debbie Giffords shooter. The mother came out right away and knew that her son did this which makes me believe he will have a history of increasing mental instability. he is the right age for the onset of Schizophrenia usually in late teens and early 20's. He is 24 I believe

This is what happens when liberals demand that even clinical insane people not be institutionalized because its against their rights.  No surprise that half of them end up on the streets self medicating and in some cases go on a shooting rampage.

 

 

DaveyJones's picture

plus Helluva's comment on antidepressants. I just had a criminal case last year where a client lost it with no reason whatsoever, luckily no firearms but a very dangerous tango with his wife and the cops. Checked out his medications and tracked down one drug that in Physician's Desk Reference indicated that it "may cause" violent reactions in FIFTEEN percent of those one the drug. FIFTEEN percent! Of course physician knew nothing, gave no warning etc etc. The columbine boys were both on antidepressants that the industry denied could have this contraindication. Amazingly, when they came out with the new versions, they usually need to justify the changes and... in small print in PDR it indicates that it lowers the risk of.....you guessed it

DRUG, FINANCE, OIL, BIG AG   - all competing to play the devil in the new school play       

Troll Magnet's picture

TSA goons coming soon to a theater near you, bitchezz!!!

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Yes this drama will be exploited for further clampdown on civil liberties in the US.

The Rothschild mercs -- otherwise known as the US military -- kill 10x as many innocents/patriots in other countries every day and not a word from the statist whore media.

This incident is an argument FOR concealed carry, not against. 

Virginia Tech, Columbine, most other recent mass shootings all involved serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac, but the corporate whore media rarely mentions this as Big Pharma is a large buyer of advertising and is integral to managing our diminished expectations/humanity prior to a broadscale engineered culling.

As Alex Jones opined in a video that has been censored by YouTube, the Dark Knight is a psyop in itself, meant to justify the further marginalization of Constitutional protections (as they interfere with the good guys' ability to get 'er done), make individuals feel powerless (as only a super hero can face the enemy), and how the enemy is an obvious bad guy and not the creeping fascism of overreaching rules and regulations of the transnational NWO system -- ie, you might have a right on paper, but if you can't exercise it due to excessive bureaucratic red tape, then it has been effectively stripped from you.

Oldrepublic's picture

The US and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct to consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal

TruthInSunshine's picture

Gun Control!!!! Gun Control!!!!!!!!!!!!! The anti-RTKBA politicians will wail!

 

 

I could think of a dozen ways a deranged moron could have killed more innocent people, without requiring a single firearm or round of ammunition, than the tactics he used.

 

 

Gun Control!!!!!!!!!!! Gun Control!!!!!!!!!!!! The anti-RTKBA politicians will wail!

 

EINSILVERGUY's picture

Yes

I can think of almost 3,000 people killed on 9/11/01 that were killed without the use of a firearm . I don't rememeber anyone calling for the eradication of aircraft

 

percolator's picture

Well said Ham!

I wouldn't be surprised if this gun man at the movie was a gov't agent.

EINSILVERGUY's picture

queue Chuck Shumer/Bloomberg  running to the camera's to tell everyone that guns need to be banned.

Iriestx's picture

Flash-bangs, tear gas, full body armor and firing with an AR-15.  No concealed carry holder was going to be able to stop him.

gmrpeabody's picture

Frankly, I'm shocked, SHOCKED..., that a couple of dudes in that theatre weren't packing themselves. As an aside..., if you are a conceal carry type of person, would you be obligated to fight back, at least morally? (or even legally)

Killtruck's picture

I can only speak for myself, but if I didn't fight back, I think the guilt would get me to the very end.

Knowing that little kids got hurt and I stood idly by with the means to stop it...yeah, that would make me feel a little guilt.

FEDbuster's picture

It would be a very difficult environment to fight back in.  It was dark, he tossed some type of smoke or CS grenades, the crowd panicking, he had a semi-auto rifle, he was wearing a bullet proof vest, etc....  That being said, I would have crouched in my aisle, pistol out, ready to fire if I had a clear shot.  Not knowing that he had a vest, I would have been trying for center mass shots, which would not have stopped him.  He would key in on where shots were coming from and let lose with his rifle. 

Here is a link to a successful 71 year old man defending himself with a CCW from two misguided black youth:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/18/florida-customer-shoots-suspects-du...

gmrpeabody's picture

A vest...., may rethink my caliber choices. (just kidding, as the only thing I am concealing is butter for my popcorn)

SgtShaftoe's picture

If some asshole is wearing a vest, even if you hit him with a 38, 9mm, or anything bigger, it's going to take him out of the fight, unless he's got rifle plates, but they have very limited coverage (11-12 inches square).  If I would have been there he likely wouldn't have done so much damage, but I typically don't go to midnight showings of movies, or very many movies at all.  I am very sad that nobody was there with a ccw, it's colorado after all, alot of people go about their business armed, but those people aren't usually going to first midnight showings of movies either.  I think the dark-ishness would be an excellent way to spot the guy, his muzzel flash is going to be a foot long of target indicator fire, and if he was standing at the front of the theater, you have a clear background to empty your magazine at the fucker, tac reload, empty it again. 

FeralSerf's picture

FN Five-seven.  5.7X28 mm, 30 round magazine.  Goes through body armor.  Everyone needs one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_Five-seven

Citxmech's picture

 Bullshit.  Plenty of LEOs have been killed by assailants shot multiple times in the torso without a vest.   

SgtShaftoe's picture

true, but have you ever seen someone get shot wearing a vest.  It's a bad day.  If you get multiple shots into them, they're going to have multiple broken ribs, and bruises that you can't even imagine.  When you hit someone with that much force, even if you don't penetrate, it's still trauma, and usually takes them out of the fight, but nothing is ever a sure thing. 

Citxmech's picture

My main point is that there are no easy answers.  Personally, I'd rather have an armed populace than an unarmed one, but at the same time I know that all that Rambo shit is for the movies.  Last year where I live we had 4 cops dispatched by one bone-head with a gun ambush style and the perp got away.  Only one cop out of four got off any shots - one to the perps stomach - but to little effect.  The asshole even took one of the cops weapons as he made his getaway.  We want untrained civilians to do better against a rifle toting vested guy using smoke granades in a dark theater?  Believe me, I would love to read how a patron took this asshole out, but at the same time I don't want to read about how one of the bullets pulled out of the dead girl came from the "good guy's" gun. 

No winners here. 

FEDbuster's picture

+ 9mm

Thank you for that.

AnAnonymous's picture

I think the dark-ishness would be an excellent way to spot the guy, his muzzel flash is going to be a foot long of target indicator fire, and if he was standing at the front of the theater, you have a clear background to empty your magazine at the fucker, tac reload, empty it again.

__________________________

Oh yes? But flash suppressors exist. Who is more likely to have one? The guy who plans his ambush? Or the guy who thinks he packs so he is secure?

Taking the initiative is no longer an advantage for US citizens.

Another blatant cause why US citizens will never revolt against their government. They would miserably fail against the State army.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous proudly displays his ignorance:

Oh yes? But flash suppressors exist. Who is more likely to have one? The guy who plans his ambush? Or the guy who thinks he packs so he is secure?

You don't even know the purpose of a flash suppressor, you blithering idiot. A flash suppressor is supposed to hide the muzzle flash from the person firing the rifle. Its entire purpose is to prevent the brightness of the flash from causing temporary blind spots when firing in low light situations.

You stupid yak humping richshaw jockey.

AnAnonymous's picture

Are you claiming that flash suppressors do not provide the benefit of reducing the flash visible to the enemy? Holy cow... US citizens are pampered by their state up to a point.

By the way, you also point out another drawback that no flash suppressor gun shooter would have to endure, blinding themselves and management of night vision.

Good job.

US citizens can sincerely thank their state for taking care of them because their constant denial of most immediate facts would cause them bad surprise if they were forced to deal with reality...

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous, digging himself in deeper, said:

Are you claiming that flash suppressors do not provide the benefit of reducing the flash visible to the enemy?

That is exactly what I am saying, you ignorant, retarded, roadside pooping moron.

Ever see the flash suppressor for the M1 Garand rifle? It was a simple cone on the end of the barrel. It hid the flash from the shooter.

Modern birdcage-style flash suppressors, as a secondary effect, partially reduces the muzzle flash seen by others. It is still quite visible within a few hundred feet.

Go ahead and deny it, since it is your eternal nature to do so, but you've just laid a big stinky roadside egg by continuing to trumpet your ignorance. It seems to be your hobby.

AnAnonymous's picture

Woooo, big...

As a secondary effect?So it has to mean that it does not reduce visibility to the enemy...

Great. And I am the one supposedly in denial.

US citizenism at work.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Retarded yak humper and all around blowhard idiot AnAnonymous said:

As a secondary effect?So it has to mean that it does not reduce visibility to the enemy...

Have much trouble with reading? Or are you being deliberately offuscationary? Some flash suppressors partially reduce the flash visibility to the enemy at a distance.

Yet the great Chinese citizenism sorcerer AnAnonymous cannot admit to ever being wrong about anything, so what does he do? Being the scurrilous, smelly, propagandistic little monkey that he is, he twists it around. He now has it that a flash suppressor, as its primary purpose (AA ignorance), will hide muzzle flash (AA ignorance), at close range (AA ignorance), indoors (AA ignorance), in the dark (AA ignorance), from people being fired upon (AA ignorance).

Twist the words around all you want. Your utter ignorance has been exposed, as has your stupidity, and by trying to weasel out of the truth, you've shined a spotlight on your deceitful, hypocritical, duplicitous, and utterly contemptible eternal nature.

You are such a lowlife piece of shit that when you approach cats, they instinctively respond by trying to bury you.

Great. And I am the one supposedly in denial.

Your inability to perceive this only magnifies your ignorance, arrogance, and stupidity.

FEDbuster's picture

Perhaps the only way to settle this one is to have AnAnonymous stand twenty feet in front of an AR15 with a good flash suppressor in a nearly dark room, and he can let us know what he sees as a few rounds are fired at him?

A sound suppressor (silencer) is a better flash suppressor.   I have fired and watched the firing of a 9mm machine gun with a good sound suppressor, and there is little or no flash coming from the gun.

Iriestx's picture

You're going from a pitch black environment to being hit with flash-bangs.  You're immediately blinded and deafened.  In the seconds after the disoientation from the flash-bangs wears off you're again blinded and choking on tear gas. 

 

Couple that with a hundred people screaming and trampeling each other to get to the exits? You're not going to get off any shots that count in that situation.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous would get off several brown smelly shots in the seat of his pants in that situation.

AnAnonymous's picture

Everyone can not be a US citizen trained killed who kickstarted one's life living off blood money.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Go on, go poop in the road. If you're the best that the Peoples Liberation Ministry of Truth can scrape together, it's proof positive that the lead, mercury, and other pollutants are taking their tolls on cognitive function.

You go now! You go poop in road!

mootsman's picture

funny thing about a headshot.  it only takes one.