The Dark Knight Rises premiere opened smoothly with hopes of breaking the box office records of Marvel’s the Avengers. But tragedy marred its movie run when a fully-armored, gas mask-wearing gunman had a shooting rampage in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. The MediaFreaks 3D Animation Studio Blog presents the timeline of the tragedy with reports from CNN:
The suspect was a 24-year-old ex-medical student named James Holmes who reportedly calls himself the Joker. He had a full complement of firearms and went on to shoot people inside the theater, killing twelve people and injuring about 59 more. President Barack Obama has expressed his condemnation of the incident while Batman actor Christian Bale shared his sympathy in a brief statement:
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
The Dark Knight Rises earned $30.6 million from its midnight screenings and $77.2 million for the entire opening day. But to be sensitive to the victims of the Colorado tragedy, Warner Brothers decided to stop reporting box office sales.
Meanwhile, the suspect James Holmes is still alive and under the custody of the police. Reportedly, he has planned this shootout for months and he has shown a liking for heavy artillery and explosives. His apartment is laced with explosive booby traps that the police has neutralized a few hours ago. Here is the video of a controlled explosion in the apartment of Holmes.
The police has released the names of the 12 casualties. We join the world in mourning for these unfortunate souls.
Jonathan Blunk, 26
Alexander J. Boik, 18
Jesse Childress, 29
Gordon Cowden, 51.
Jessica Ghawi, 24
John Larimer, 27
Matthew McQuinn, 27
Micayla Medek, 23
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Alex Sullivan, 27
Alexander C. Teves, 24
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32