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Are We Safe Anywhere? Gunman Kills 12 at Colorado Midnight Showing of 'Dark Knight'

The news of a 24-year-old allegedly setting off a gas bomb and firing into the movie shown in Aurora, CO is shock and saddens the nation.

Mass mayhem broke out about 30 minutes into a midnight showing of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." The alledged shooter, now identified as James Holmes, 24, reportedly entered the movie theatre through an emergency exit wearing a gas mask.

According to Good Morning America, "Holmes stalked the aisles of the theater, shooting people at random, as panicked movie-watchers in the packed auditorium tried to escape, witnesses said."

One witness told ABC News, "You just smelled smoke and you just kept hearing it, you just heard bam bam bam, non-stop. The gunman never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going."

The shooting spree left 12 dead and at least 50 injured.

A San Diego woman has contacted police saying Holmes is her son.

Editor's Note: Patch is heading to the mother's home and will have more information on the alledged shooter's local connection soon.

More details on the horrific shooting can be found here: gma.yahoo.com/mass-shooting-colo-movie-theater-14-people-dead-085940786--abc-news-topstories.html

Do you think we are safe anywhere? What could anyone do in a situation like this avoid death or injury? Tell us your thoughts and reactions to this news in the comments section below.

Christine Foronda July 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I was very shocked and saddened to hear about this. Before I opened at work this morning, my co-workers and I watched a video of the crime scene from one of our phones. I was also shocked to learn that the shooter was from Rancho Penasquitos, which is not at all that far from here. It is definitely not only a tragedy for Colorado but also for the whole country.
Eric Goodman July 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Is this tragedy cause to restructure security efforts at movie theaters? Is it cause to change gun laws? But what if it's societal and cultural, or how he was raised? How would we change that? Or, as the suspect was highly intelligent (honor PhD student studying Neuroscience), combined with daily pressures from school, society, family, financial...the likelihood of emotional instability is greater with someone of exceptional intellectual capacity. This phenomenon has been seen in the past and is well known in psychology. How do we deal with that? More guards at movie theaters and cafes won't make us safer.

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