Mass shooting at Colorado movie theater
Latest updates on Aurora, Colorado shooting
Aurora, Colo. Police Chief: Enough bullets went through to nearby building that at least one person was injured.by Matthew Keys via twitter 7/21/2012 1:24:43 AM
RT @SteveKopack: Warner Bros.: Due to events in Aurora, CO, previously scheduled appearances by cast of "Dark Knight Rises" in Mexico &a ...by Matthew Keys via twitter 7/21/2012 1:26:34 AM
RT @RedCrossDenver: Shelter is open at #loc Aurora Central HS 11700 E 11th Ave Aurora #theatershootingby Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 1:26:55 AM
UPDATE: Media Briefing with PIO at Peoria Street Media Staging at 8AM MDTby Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 1:41:57 PM
Grief counseling and other resources for victims at Hinkley & Rangeview High School @9AM MDT.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 2:05:53 PM
UPDATE: Media Briefing at 10:35 AM MDT at 17th and Peoria, No ?'s will be taken.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 4:17:00 PM
Email tips: email@example.com (Not for in-progress information, call 911 in an emergency or other contact phone numbers)by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 4:24:01 PM
UPDATE: Possibility of more controlled detonations. We will keep you updated. Peoria Street is OPEN.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 6:11:28 PM
UPDATE: 2PM Press Conference is being pushed back to 2:10 PM MDT at the AMC.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 7:59:56 PM
A look at the victims in the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting:
Jon Blunk, 26
The 26-year-old military veteran was attending the movie with a friend, Jansen Young, who says Blunk "took a bullet for me." Blunk enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating high school in 2004. Blunk leaves behind a wife and two young children. [KRNV]
AJ Boik, 18
The recent high school graduate liked baseball, pottery and music, the Denver Post reports. He was accepted to a Colorado college with aspirations of studying art. His future plans included becoming an art teacher and opening his own studio, his family told the Post. [The Denver Post]
Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29
The 29-year-old Air Force reservist was a resident of Thorton and was one of two people the Department of Defense confirms as deceased in connection with the shooting. [The Denver Post]
Gordon Cowden, 51
The 51-year-old was the oldest victim in the Colorado mass shooting. [The Washington Post/AP]
Jessica Ghawi, 24
The 24-year-old aspiring sports broadcaster, also known by her alias Jessica Redfield, was one of the first victims named. Ghawi escaped from a mass shooting at a food court in a Toronto mall, an experience she chronicled on her blog. "I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end," she wrote. [National Public Radio]
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Larimer, 27
The 27-year-old was a cryptologic technician in Aurora, his first duty station according to a defense spokesman. A Navy team contacted Larimer's family early Saturday morning. Larimer is eligible for a military burial. [Stars & Stripes]
Matt McQuinn, 27
When the shooting began inside Theater 9, the 27-year-old is credited with saving the life of his girlfriend Samantha Yowler by shielding her body with his own. Friends described the couple, both employees of the department store Target, as fun individuals who were popular both in their Colorado home as well as their hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Yowler is recovering from injuries sustained in the shooting. [Dayton Daily News]
Micayla Medek, 23
"I’m a simple independent girl who’s just trying to get her life together while still having fun," the 23-year-old, who described herself as a "Subway sandwich artist," wrote on her Facebook page. Medek's friends said they tried to carry her out of the theater but were told by emergency officials to leave her inside. [Los Angeles Times]
Veronica Moser, 6
The youngest shooting victim was described by a family member as a "vibrant, excitable" girl who was enthused about learning how to swim just days prior. "It's a nightmare right now," her aunt Annie Dalton told the Denver Post. Moser's mother, 25-year-old Ashley Moser, is listed in critical condition at an area hospital. [San Jose Mercury News/Denver Post]
Alex Sullivan, 27
The 27-year-old went to the midnight showing of the latest Batman film as part of a birthday celebration with co-workers. "One hour (until) the movie and it's going to be the best birthday ever," he tweeted according to ABC News. His father, Tom Sullivan, was captured in this Reuters image as he pleaded with members of the media to pass along any information about his then-missing son. Sullivan was a local bartender. [ABC News]
Alex Teves, 24
"Alex didn’t make it," a friend named Caitlin, who saw the movie with the 24-year-old man, wrote on Twitter. "The world isn’t as good a place without him." Tom Teves, the victim's father, told ABC that his son saved his girlfriend by blocking her from a bullet. Teves, originally from Arizona, lived in the Denver area. [KMGH]
Rebecca Wingo, 32
"She had the sweetest smile you have ever seen," said a friend of the 32-year-old. Wingo grew up near Dallas in the town of Quinlan, Texas. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a translator, she moved to the Denver area to reconnect with her two girls. Wingo was at the early morning screening of the film with two friends. [WFAA]
UPDATE: All hazards have been removed from the Paris Street location.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/21/2012 11:38:24 PM
Thanks everyone for all of the support during this tragic time.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/23/2012 4:34:42 PM
100's of messages of support posted on our Facebook page.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/23/2012 4:35:07 PM
Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, July 23, 2012.
Holmes, the man accused of shooting dead 12 people in a Colorado movie theater during the midnight screening of the new Batman movie early Friday, made his first appearance in court on Monday, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red. REUTERS/RJ Sangosti/Pool
KUSA, which provided the pool video of today's court appearance by James Holmes, cites a technical difficulty with its mobile broadcasting gear for the occasional interruption of its feed.
The mobile broadcasting gear uses broadband data commonly found in cell phones and smartphones.
"The sheer volume of data usage in the area sapped the bandwidth that was going to the source of the information: the one feed being relied upon by the world to observe the court hearing," Brandon Rittiman wrote on a station blog. "The mass texting, tweeting, and posting of information in real-time crushed the cell signal providing the information in the first place."
Rittiman added that the station is "working on lessons learned and looking for solutions for next time."
Read the full entry at BrandonRittiman.com
Two things on our radar:
The University of Colorado at Denver is expected to hold a news briefing on James Holmes' involvement in their Ph.D. program. That briefing is expected to start at or around 3:30 PM ET.
The attorney representing the family of James Holmes is expected to hold a news briefing at 4:00 PM ET. It's not known what the attorney will be discussing.
We would like to remind the media that we are under a COURT ORDER to not discuss the case.Obviously we take this matter very serious.by Aurora Police Dept via twitter 7/25/2012 5:19:11 PM
In an interview set to air on the NBC Nightly News Wednesday evening, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney challenged the legality of some of the weapons possessed by Aurora, Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes.
"This person shouldn't have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already," Romney says in the NBC News interview. "But he had them. "
With regards to the firearms and ammunition, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a press conference the day of the shooting that his understanding was all weapons and ammunition were purchased and possessed legally.
"My understanding is all weapons he possessed, he possessed legally. All ammunition he possessed, he possessed legally," Oates said.
It's unclear how Holmes obtained the material used to booby-trap his apartment.
Reports have surfaced that a notebook crafted by the accused Colorado mass shooting suspect James Holmes was mailed ot a psychiatrist several days before the shooting that killed 12 people at an Aurora movie theater.
FOXNews.com was the first to report the notebook, which was discovered monday according to the website.
The report said police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado's Anchutz Medical Campus on Monday after a psychiatrist received a package thought to be from the suspect.
More on this story from Reuters...
Chris Francescani and Keith Coffman file this report:
The first funeral for one of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, a 51-year-old father of four, will be held on Wednesday.
Gordon Cowden, the oldest person killed, was a self-employed real estate appraiser who had taken his teenage daughters to the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" when he was killed along with 11 others in a hail of bullets allegedly fired by 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes. His daughters escaped unharmed.
Cowden's funeral, the first to occur since the July 20 massacre, will take place Wednesday morning at Pathways Church in Denver.
One of the individuals injured in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater last week is facing a large medical bill for services rendered.
The friends of aspiring comedian Caleb Medley say they will try to help collect the $2 million needed to cover the man's expenses after he was shot during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday, Denver CBS affiliate KCNC reports.
Medley's wife Katie gave birth recently in the same hospital where her husband is being treated.
Read the rest of this story at CBSDenver.com
Obama pledges to tackle gun violence after Colorado killing
President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work with leaders of all political stripes to "arrive at a consensus" on how to reduce gun violence across the United States after the Colorado shootings highlighted the issue in an election year.
Closing out a multiday trip that began in Aurora, Colorado, where he met with families and victims of the movie theater massacre there, Obama told a mostly African-American audience that such tragedies are replayed on a smaller scale in cities throughout the country on a daily basis.
"Every day and a half the number of young people we lose to violence is about the same as the number of people we lost in that movie theater," Obama said in remarks to the National Urban League, a group that works to promote civil rights and economic improvement for African-Americans.
Authorities have prevented what they believe was an attempt to copy the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting by a suspect in Maryland, a Washington, D.C.-area television station reported Friday.
According to WJLA-TV, law enforcement arrested an unidentified indivudual Thursday night. Officials told the TV station that the man had made threats against his employer after facing termination from his job.
Read the full story at WJLA.com
Pallbearers carry the casket of massacre victim Micayla Medek after her funeral in Aurora July 26, 2012.
Family and friends filed into a Denver church on Thursday for the funeral of the 23-year-old woman who was among the 12 people killed in a massacre at the opening of the new "Batman" movie, as investigators sought to piece together a possible motive for the shooting rampage.
Many of the mourners wore pink "Hello Kitty" ribbons pinned to their clothing in remembrance of the popular cartoon and merchandising character that was a favourite of Medek's. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Aurora, Colorado mass shooting suspect James Holmes is making a court appearance today at 9:30 AM local time (11:30 AM ET).
Per a judge's order, cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom on Monday.
James Holmes won't face an additional homicide charge in connection with the death of a fetus, the Denver Post reports citing a former prosecutor.
Colorado laws only apply to individuals "who had been born and alive," the prosecutor told the newspaper.
Ashley Moser suffered a miscarriage while recovering from injuries sustained in the July 20th shooting. Her daughter, six-year-old Veronica Moser, died in the attack.
CALL7 is learning the learning hearing for #shootingsuspect is ending. James Holmes facing142 criminal counts.by Tak Landrock via twitter 7/30/2012 4:16:40 PM
142 counts total. 24 counts of first degree murder, 116 counts criminal attempt to commit murder #TheaterShootingby Kristen Painter via twitter 7/30/2012 4:17:53 PM
Maximum punishment is death, minimum is life in prison no parole. #TheaterShootingby Kristen Painter via twitter 7/30/2012 4:18:12 PM
August 9 is next court hearing to argue about unsealing the case file. #TheaterShootingby Kristen Painter via twitter 7/30/2012 4:19:32 PM
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