Investigators look over evidence on ground outside the back door of the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. on Friday, July 20, 2012. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Early on Friday July 20, 2012, there was another mass shooting in the United States.
This time 12 people were killed and 59 people were injured including children in a mass shooting at the ’Batman – The Dark Knight Rises’ premiere at a mall in Aurora, Colorado.
The suspect’s name is James Eagan Holmes who is 24 years old.
He was armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.
Dressed in black with a gas mask, ballistic helmet, vest, throat guard and crotch guard, he told the police that he was Batman’s enemy, the Joker.
REUTERS reported that police said Holmes also booby-trapped his Aurora apartment with what appeared to be sophisticated explosives, creating a potential hazard for law-enforcement and bomb squad officers who swarmed to the scene and authorities evacuated five nearby buildings and created a perimeter of several blocks as they planned to detonate the suspected explosives with a robot.
Police use a video camera to look inside an apartment where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
I am very sad and sorry for the victims, their families and friends.
People especially children should not watch or read violent stories because they might be influenced to commit violent actions.
Even when the story shows the hero fighting against violent enemies like Batman and other superhero, some people are influenced by the nemesis who uses violence to hurt others.
And the problem will be worse in countries where owning guns are legal because people can use the guns to hurt others and also for mass shootings.
It is a disaster when people hurt others just because they feel like doing it.
Investigators look over evidence on ground outside the back door of the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. on Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)