The chilling photo below shows the trail of blood running from the Colorado cinema door where a drop out PhD student killed 12 and wounded 59 others in a shooting spree during the midnight screening of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
An AR15 assault rifle can be seen discarded at the emergency exit of the cinema – where 24-year-old James Holmes is said to have stormed into the theatre and begun shooting. The bloody trail runs past Holmes’s car in the parking lot where the reclusive former University of Colorado student was arrested without a fight after he murdered dozens inside the cinema in the town of Aurora.
Holmes, 24, had painted his hair red and said he was The Joker - Batman’s arch nemesis - before he tossed a gas canister into the late night showing of the Dark Knight Rises and began shooting into the crowd. Holmes was arrested in the cinema parking lot where he did not put up any resistance. He told police he had explosives at his North Aurora home, and they closed off the apartment to search. In an address today, President Obama said he was ‘heartbroken’ to hear of the ‘heinous’ crime. ‘Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason,’ he said. ‘But while we never fully know what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. ’What matters, at the end of the day, is not the small things, the trivial things that so often consume us in our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another, how we love one another.’
Witnesses at the movie theatre said the man burst through the emergency exit at the front of the auditorium 30 minutes into the screening. He began firing into the terrified audience with four guns as he made his way up the stairs, picking his victims at random. The youngest injured was a 3 year old, the youngest killed was a 12 year old.
A very sad day indeed, my thoughts a prayers go to the families involved, and i wish a speedy recovery for the injured. I hope this man gets his just deserves.
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.
I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”
- Christopher Nolan