In the hours since 12 people were killed and at least 59 wounded by a gunman at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado, dozens of pieces of information have made their way onto the Internet, the most disturbing of those related to the alleged shooter himself. Identified as 24-year-old University of Colorado-Denver neuroscience graduate student James Holmes, the suspect allegedly told police he was the Joker, Batman’s nemesis in The Dark Knight, while he was being taken into custody following the attack. While information about the tragedy is still trickling in, other specifics about the shooting are just as harrowing:
- In addition to the arsenal of four guns he used during the shooting, Holmes allegedly outfitted his apartment with a homemade booby trap or incendiary advice that police are still in the process of identifying. “It’s nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told MSNBC.
- Warner Bros has apparently pulled all TV and radio commercials for The Dark Knight Rises set to run this weekend.
- Jordan Ghawi, brother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, has written a blog post describing the details of the shooting as reported by an alleged witness named Brent, including those surrounding the death of his sister. “Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theatre when a device was thrown into the theatre that produced a ‘hissing’ sound,” Jordan writes in part. “The theatre then began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired.”
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