‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was set to premiere in Paris this afternoon, but that’s all been canceled now, after a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
From what we know, last night at a midnight showing of TDKR in Aurora, Colorado, a 24-year-old man entered the theater, threw tear gas into the air, and then began opening fire on the innocent people. Several witnesses said the shooting occurred during a shooting scene in the film, so many people thought it was all just part of the movie. As it stands now, an estimated 50 people were injured (including a 3-month-old baby) and 12 people were killed. Some reports have that number at 14.
Here’s more from PEOPLE:
At least 12 fans attending a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises Friday morning were killed when a gunman opened fire on the audience in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver.
Another estimated 50 were wounded, including a 6-year-old girl, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters, CNN reports.
Police apprehended 24-year-old suspect James Holmes – a local resident who was said to be heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest – in a rear parking lot of the Century 16 Theater in Aurora’s Town Center Mall, police spokesman Frank Fania told CNN. “He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said.
Holmes remains in custody. His home is currently being searched for possible explosive materials or devices.
Holmes’s mother, who lives in San Diego, confirmed to ABC News that her son was the shooter, saying, “You have the right person.” According to ABC News, she was unaware of the shooting until she woke up and had not been contacted by authorities. She also expressed her concern, and told ABC, “I need to fly out toColorado.”
The attack in the theater began when the suspect tossed a canister of tear gas into the crowd through an emergency exit door, reports CNN affiliate KUSA. He then opened fire. Some moviegoers thought he was part of the show.
“We saw people running around and screaming,” an unidentified man told KUSA. Another moviegoer said the gunman wore a gas mask and moved through the theater, firing randomly.
Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of ColoradoHospital for minor to critical gunshot wounds, spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery told CNN.
At the moment, the Dark Knight Rises cast – including Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard – is in Paris for a scheduled red carpet premiere on the Champs-Elysees Friday night. PEOPLE has been told that Warner Bros. has canceled all interviews related to the movie opening, as well as the premiere itself.
In a statement, the studio said: “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
Warner Bros did the right thing by canceling the movie, and I’m wondering now how the shooting will effect people’s desires to see the movie at all this weekend. I know I had planned on seeing it this weekend – but now there’s sort of this cloud over the movie.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Why don’t people just kill THEMSELVES. Why didn’t this freak sit in his apartment, and off himself, instead of taking out his frustration with the world on innocent people. I’ll never understand it. Husbands who kill their wives and children, people who kill multiple people. Just do the world a favor – and kill YOURSELVES. Now people have to worry about going to the movie theater!?
These are pictures from yesterday’s London premiere.
Here’s the question: Will the shooting affect whether or not you go see the movie this weekend?