Shooting at 'Dark Knight Rises' Midnight Premiere Kills At Least a Dozen People (VIDEO)

Colorado movie theater shootingA Colorado movie theater shooting has killed at least a dozen people and wounded dozens of others at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. A man kicked in the door at a theater in an Aurora mall, threw a canister of tear gas in, and opened fire. 

According to reports, movie goers first believed it was all part of the film, which deals with dark themes. Certainly when it comes to Batman villains, an attack like this wouldn't be outside the realm. Was the gunman inspired by the film or was he merely choosing at random where he knew many people would be seated and easy to kill? Does it matter?

It's hard to wrap our heads around the notion of so much death. Fourteen people. It's just beyond comprehension.

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Why do these mass killings keep happening in the US? Do we just have an abnormal amount of psycho gun-crazed lunatics or is something else happening?

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There are so many tragic elements to this story, it's hard to know where to even begin. But, perhaps what is most disturbing to me is the idea that these people had been excited for months about this movie. They had taken the time to get their tickets for the first possible showing, stayed up way past bedtime, and expected to be the first people to see it.

The mood in the theater was probably one of jubilation and excitement. I bet people dressed up in costumes and applauded when the previews ended and the real film started. I bet they were bonding over their love of the previous two films and the smell of popcorn filled the air. And then this. An amateur video captures some of the chaos. See below:

Nothing about this will make any sense. The latest reports are that the suspect is in custody and he is 24. But why someone would do this is a complete mystery. The loss of life is just staggering.

It's the kind of thing that makes us all wish there was a real Batman who could come to our rescue and make things like this end. But there isn't. There is no superhero to save us from the bad guys.

Why do you think someone would do something like this?

**This story was reported with the latest news at the time. Current reports are saying the number of dead is actually 12.

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Sierr... SierraLynn

So incredibly sad and scary. My prayers go to the victims and their families. :'(

cmjaz cmjaz

Extremely tragic. I believe there are now 15 dead, 2 in critical condition and 50 wounded. How can just person do all that damage? They say its just one person but its hard to believe

Sierr... SierraLynn

They just updated to 12 dead. :(

Doomy234 Doomy234

I literally cried when I heard on the news that an infant was shot. What a horrible man. It was obviously well planned. But why? Did he think he could get away with it because the theme of the movie?

bills... billsfan1104

Its 12 dead, just updated and confirmed.

Already some liberals on the Morning Joe facebook page are blaming Rush Limbaugh. Such a shame. I hope everyone has cooler heads, and will wait. I am glad he is in custody and we can get some answers, hopefully.

My prayers for the ones fighting for their lives and the families of the ones that were lost.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Its 15 dead actually.

carole76 carole76

They are saying 14 now dead, horrific! So sad.......

I have no idea why someone do this, just crazy

Doomy234 Doomy234

My mistake, it is 12.

bills... billsfan1104

I think we should just wait for actual confirmation. This breaks my heart.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Ok it doesn't matter how many are dead. It just sucks that it happened and one of the wounded was 3months, a 9 y/ was being carried out, not moving...how sad. I don't understand why someone would do this. And the SOB will probably get life when in fact death is suitable in this case since they have proof it was him because the guy didn't put up a fight when the arrested him. I saw someone on my FB put they WILL NOT go to Batman cause of this. My middle child (4y/o) and hubby are going tonight, cannot blame the movie for a damn psycho.

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