Aurora Shooting Roundup

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Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s tragedy: 12 people were killed and 59 wounded by gunman at a movie theater outside of Denver, Colorado early this morning during the release of The Dark Knight Rises.

The suspected shooter, James Holmes, is an Aurora-local and former University of Colorado-Denver graduate student in the School of Medicine. He has not yet stated a motive and has no previous criminal record. He did tell police that there were explosive booby traps in his home, which police say may take days to dismantle.

The largest gun control advocacy group in the U.S., The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued a statement expressing sympathies to the victims’ families and wounded. They’ve also started a petition to demand action from Congress in response to the tragedy.

The movie’s Paris premiere was cancelled and the stars of the film have cancelled promotional events and interviews. Warner Brothers and Cinemark have responded to the shooting. WB has pulled trailers for Gangster Squad, which has shown at some Batman openings. In the trailer, men are seen shooting into a crowd at a movie theater. Cinemark, the nation’s third largest theater chain is reviewing its security procedures and other big theater companies have released statements.


Graham Todd is an intern at The Rumpus. He spends his mornings writing post-apocalyptic, vaguely biblical sci-fi horror comedy, his evenings tutoring the wide-eyed youth of the Palo Alto area, and his Thursdays at The Rumpus office, effectively “off the streets”. Beyond this weekly ritual, he enjoys karaoke, the movies, and jogging. More from this author →