24 year old James Holmes murdered 12 and injured 38 innocent people Friday at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado.
ABC News contacted Holmes’ mother, who was unaware of the occurrence of the shooting, but interestingly knew her son was very likely involved once she was informed. She said, “You have the right person, I need to call the police. I need to fly out to Colorado.”
Warner Brothers, the studio who houses The Dark Knight trilogy films, put out a statement of sympathy. And also has cancelled the premiere event in Paris tonight in light of the tragedy:
“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.”
President Obama says in a statement: “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. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.”
In a sad witness account, 22-year-old Resharee Goodlow (pictured above) has spoken out to media about her missing friend who accompanied her to the Dark Knight Rises midnight showing on the tragic night of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting…..
Resharee was able to escape suspected gunman James Holmes‘ hundreds of gunshots fired via 3-4 guns into the crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises Thursday. But her good friend, whom she went to the theater with, is still missing.
Resharee says she and her friend were not able to sit together due to the theater being mostly filled to capacity. And when the gunshots started, she terrifyingly lost track of her friend. She tells FOX News & The NY Daily News about having to escape while pushing through several bloody bodies:
“By the third gunshot I knew it was real,” she said. She remembers running from the theater and seeing people lying on the ground in blood-soaked clothes. “I just don’t want to believe the worst,”
“I dropped to the floor,” Goodlow said. “I was just pushing everybody in front of me out the door.”
CNN reported that 10 of the 12 fatalities have still not been identified.
More details about the shooter’s actions have been revealed. The Denver Channel states that he unloaded his .40 caliber and shotguns & rifles into the crowd, after watching the movie for a few minutes and leaving, then returning in full battle gear.
According to sources, he had nine clips in an ammo carrier and police found at least three .40-caliber magazines, a shotgun and a large drum magazine on the floor when they arrived.
One source believed the ammo drum for the AR-15 had jammed sometime during the shooting. Sources describe an eerie scene with dying and wounded people on the floor, strobe lights flashing through the smoke, screaming sirens and the Batman movie playing in the background.
The incident started with Holmes in the theater watching a movie for a few minutes. Witnesses said he left and returned dressed in the body armor and tactical gear, according to sources.
He threw what appeared to be tear gas grenades and began firing three weapons — a 12-gauge shotgun, a .40 caliber Glock pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle, according to sources.
It has also been reported Holmes took Vicodin a couple of hours prior to the evil tragedy. The suspect is in custody and investigators are interviewing his associates. Several bodies have not been identified.
I can’t believe this. R.I.P. to the innocent victims and their families and may God Bless Us All.
Photo via SPLASH News
Sources: TheYBF, ABC News, CNN, Fox, NY Daily News