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'Dark Knight Rises' Midnight Shooting: Twelve Killed, Fifty Injured

'Dark Knight Rises' Midnight Shooting: Twelve Killed, Fifty Injured

Twelve people were tragically killed and fifty injured during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday morning (July 20) in Aurora, Colo.

The gunman reportedly wore a mask similar to that of Tom Hardy‘s Bane character, and opened fire with a stockpile of weapons early on in the showing of the film, THR reports.

The subject has been apprehended by police.

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,” President Obama said in a statement.

Celebrities have been taking to Twitter all night to express their sympathies.

“My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, CO shooting. May God be with that town and their families… ” – Eva Longoria

“My heart goes out to all the victims in Colorado. This is just insane.” – Harry Shum, Jr.

“This shooting in Colorado is beyond horrific. Such upsetting news.” – Katie Couric

Our thoughts go out to those involved in this horrific tragedy.

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  • wtf

    Omg! This is horrible! The movies like that have a terrible effect on abnormal people. They need to stop making this kind of movies!

  • Heather

    My Prays goes out to the family and friend of the victims

  • post 1

    shut the f u ck up you insensitive p r i c k

  • eve

    truly sickening.

  • xx

    can’t even go to a movie nowadays without some crazy pulling a gun out?
    rip all who passed, good bless everyone.

  • Sarah

    The city of Aurora is located in Colorado… not Calif.

  • Wes

    This is devastating. The shooter was apperantly tryin to mimic one of the dark knight comic book scenes.

  • Sebastian g

    Its Aurora, CO- not Aurora, Calif, justjared.

    Thoughts and prayers with the victims today.

  • Jess

    My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I know someone who grew up in that town just two miles from that theater. (They no longer live there.) It is truly horrific to see something like that happen in the hometown of someone I know.

  • Albert

    14 people have passed away now.


    wasn’t it in Colorado not California?

  • plez


  • HarryStyles For ChristianGrey

    my God …that’s insane
    Rest in Peace to all the victims

  • FF

    They’ll blame guns only for this tragedy, but this fascination with mindless violence out of Hollywood deserves attention.

  • KC

    I just don’t understand how someone could do something like this to innocent people. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims.

  • Alaia

    What’s up with the random quote from the Glee kid…and in between Obama and Couric?

  • Sunshine Daydream

    Feel for everyone effected by this horrible tragedy. Some people just lack that filter which provides sensitivity to life, for whatever reason. Deplorable.

  • omg

    its easy to blame a movie, video games or music….but nobody blames the politics or the family of people like that

  • http://justjared saira

    Stop blaming Hollywood for these lunatics. This monster obviously wanted to kill innocent people and used this theatre as his venue. People are responsible for their own actions, PERIOD!
    Our time would be better spent praying for the victims instead of trying to understand these animals.

  • electedface

    If you think nuts should have guns, watch this video.

  • jenfan


  • deadpool

    It’s Columbine all over again.

  • NotAGirl

    @saira: I agree, people always blame everything except for the person. Unless he has a history of mental health issues, there simply is no excuse. Stop blaming films. I’m sure Jack the Ripper has that excuse(!)

  • laly

    WTF is wrong with pepole, Seriously…

  • Sayer

    I remember when the 2008′s Dark Knight opened, some idiot, dressed as the Joker, robbed a bank. Now this. What’s with these maniacs?

    RIP to the victims.

  • groundcontrol

    Since Chris Nolan thought it was appropriate to defend his fans issuing death threats to critics not thrilled with the movie, what does he have to say now?

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]

    @laly: …we live in a disgusting world.
    …it’s really sad that Nolan’s film is being blamed for being too violent when all the blame should go to the animals that are being raised in Colorado.

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]

    @groundcontrol: *blank stare* really? ~smh~

  • Let’s be Serious

    This guy was a sick, twisted lunatic! No laws, movie, or anything else should be the blame for this sole person singular plot/act! He is a NUT JOB!!

  • Kiki

    @groundcontrol: I have to agree with you. It’s okay to be a devoted fan… but, death threats?? That’s beyond reasonable.

  • Kiki

    How soon before Anne Hathaway starts using this tragedy for sympathy votes on her upcoming Oscar campaign? Just watch.

  • daaaaa

    I don’t think that a society that promotes war and violence at every turn will have an effect on anyone.

  • Sal

    I have said several times that these types of movies with unnecessary violence by the villains (even when this violence is only suggested) can create chaos to the real world because there exist many problematic people out there who can identify with these villains. This is now the situation with Nolans’ batman movies. First he created a monster out of Joker and was even awarded for doing so by making the character a crazy psychopath that destroys a city and kills people for no reason and now this chaotic situation with Bane which from the trailer alone you can say that he is a disturb person. It is not healthy to have such characters in movies that appeal to wide audiences and even more, children under 15. The Dark Knight was not an action adventure or even a comic book adaptation but rather a Thriller based on the famous character. It was not a more realistic version as was stated but rather a disturbing version of a favorite character.

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]

    @Sal: …you cant be serious.

  • Claire

    @wtf: No, the abnormal people should be banned from seeing this kind of movies. I mean, how much are they in the entire world compared to normals? And to give up movies like this, I think that’s impossible.

  • ana m.

    @Sal: movies are not to be blamed for what happens in the real world, that kind of thinking that movies that are too “violent” or too “controversial” should be banned is very dangerous and it leads to censorship, plus to say movies advocate for that kind of behavior is taking the blame off of the person who actually did it. Some cinematic masterpieces contain exaggerated violence such as Pulp Fiction ( or anything by Tarantino, really) and A Clockwork Orange, these are great movies, they could be listed amongst my favorites and I can assure you I would never murder anyone. Yes, there are problematic people who can identify with fictional characters and try to emulate what they see in movies, but banning those movies wouldn’t be a solution, it would be creating another problem.

  • willanka

    It’s so sad and tragic.

  • SS


    Rubbish. Why blame cinema for such acts of violence? Mark Chapman claimed that he drew inspiration from the Bible to kill John Lennon, so would you claim the Bible to be a bad influence?

    If anything, blame the rabid fans of the franchise, weirdos of the nth order.