'Dark Knight Rises' Massacre: 7 Latest Developments
For the first time since gunfire killed 12 and injured dozens in a theater outside Denver, Colorado, suspected gunman James Eagen Holmes appeared in court on Monday, looking dazed and despondent as the judge addressed him in regards to the mass shooting at a midnight premiere of Dark Knight Rises in Aurora.
Holmes, 24, has been identified as the man who opened fire during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday. Holmes, a former doctoral student in neuroscience, allegedly entered the theater through a propped-open emergency exit about 30 minutes into the local premiere of the Batman blockbuster. He was heavily armed, toting an assault rifle, shotgun and handgun when he indiscriminately opened fired on the packed theater.
Holmes has been held without bond in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility in Centennial, Colorado, since being arrested early Friday. He is expected to face first-degree murder charges — and possibly additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations — and is due back in court Monday, July 30.
Celebuzz has the latest updates in the tragedy that has shook the nation.
1. First lawsuit to be filed by shooting survivor. Torrence Brown, Jr. was one of the moviegoers who fell victim to Holmes' alleged mass shooting: the massacre took the life of Brown's friend, A.J. Boik. Though Brown did not incur any physical injuries, he isn't forgiving and forgetting — in fact, he plans to file a lawsuit, claiming to suffer from extreme trauma, according to TMZ. The suit will take aim at three defendants: the theater, Holmes' doctor and Warner Bros., the studio that released the recent Batman movie.
2. Warner Bros. to donate to Aurora victims. The studio behind The Dark Knight Rises announced it was making a substantial yet undisclosed donation to victims of the shooting, according to Deadline. The funds will be donated through givingfirst.org, part of Colorado’s Community First Foundation. To pay respect to the victims and their families, Warner Bros. also canceled the Batman premieres in Paris, Mexico City and Tokyo as well as delayed reporting of its usual Sunday box office estimates. The film earned an impressive $160.9 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2-D opening ever, but falling just short of expectations following the mass shooting.
3. Wolverine star Hugh Jackman comments on the massacre. “All I can echo is the sorrow I feel for the families and the community," said Jackman. "It goes beyond acting and any film -- it's just a tragedy. I can't comment on any more ... As a human being with feelings, anyone feels of sorrow for the family.”Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale have both also expressed sorrow regarding the massacre. “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act,” said Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the film. “I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” And Bale, who plays the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan's film, shared his condolences, too: “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.”
5. More explosives and chemicals found in Holmes' booby-trapped apartment. Holmes had intricately rigged his apartment before allegedly opening fire at the multiplex. Now, law enforcement officials have uncovered more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline in the home, according to CNN. "It looked like spaghetti," according an official, who likened the professional setup to those used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
6. Three Dark Knight-related threats reported at other theaters across the country. In the wake of the Aurora massacre, three men have been arrested after making threats during or after attending a Dark Knight Rises screenings, according to the Washington Post. In Maine, a man was taken into custody after telling law enforcement that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching the Batman film. In Southern California, a male moviegoer was arrested when witnesses reported that he made threatening allusions to the Aurora shooting when the movie didn’t start. And in Arizona, an intoxicated man caused “mass hysteria” in a cinema and about 50 people fled the theater, according to The Cochise County Sheriff’s office.
7. Obama honors military-related shooting victims. In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday, President Barack Obama paid tribute to four victims of the Colorado theater attack who had ties to the military, including a Navy vet, an Air Force member, a sailor and an Air Force vet. “These young patriots were willing to serve in faraway lands, yet they were taken from us at home,” he said. “Our hearts still ache.”