I was just hearing on the radio this morning about a mass shooting in a movie theatre in Colorado at the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rising". Officials say that a lone gunman entered the movie theatre through the emergency exit dressed all in black, threw tear gas at the audience, and then just opened up on the crowd. The 24-year-old suspect didn't have anyone in particular that he was targeting.
Witnesses on the scene said the 24-year-old suspect was dressed all in black with a bullet proof vest and riot gear helmet on. When I heard this, it reminded me of the move "Rampage", which came out in 2009, where that guy goes around in all armor shooting up folks in his town for no reason.
Reports indicated that there were 14 dead and over 50 wounded at the movie theatre. There were victims as young as 6 years old injured and taken to the hospital. The attack started during an action scene where there were some gunfire. I can only imagine what were going through the minds of the people there. When you first hear the shooting you'd think to yourself, "man this surround system is bad ass!", until you start seeing people falling down, tear gas everywhere and some lunatic in all black. One person there said he thought it was a part of the movie or maybe extra added effect until he heard the movie theatre alarms going off.
What makes this story worse is that the local Aurora, Colorado police department couldn't get into the movie theatre as the shootings where occurring. There are 911 calls, and emergency calls played where you can hear the police officers begging and asking that someone bring them gas masks. You would think that after 9/11 that every law enforcement agency would make it SOP (standard operating procedures) to have gas masks in every squad car.
My prayers go out to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones last night. And also to those injured and are trying to recover from this horror.
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