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'Batman' shooting victims sue US cinema

2012-09-22 12:03

Los Angeles - Injured victims of a deadly US shooting at a screening of the latest Batman movie sued the cinema operators on Friday for alleged negligence over security, local media reported.

Two lawsuits filed in Denver claimed there were no guards on duty for the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Aurora 16 in Aurora, Colorado on 20 July, when 12 people were killed.

In addition, the doors allegedly used by the gunman had no alarms, and staff did not monitor the parking lot behind the cinema, where the shooter is believed to have prepared for the attack, according to The Denver Post.

"Any person who wished to make a surreptitious and unauthorised entry into the theatre could easily determine that the lack of security personnel and lack of any alarm on the door... would allow them to leave the theater, and re-enter without fear of being discovered," said one lawsuit cited by the Post.

The alleged gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes, was dressed in full body armor and a gas mask when he burst into the midnight screening, throwing two tear gas-like devices to blind people before opening fire indiscriminately.

The legal action, taken against the theater's parent company Cinemark USA, was filed by Joshua Nowlan, Denise Traynom and Brandon Axelrod, who were injured in the shootings, according to the Post's report.

Holmes, who showed up in court with bright orange hair and seemed bewildered by the proceedings, is being held in solitary confinement at Arapahoe County Detention Center.

He could face the death penalty if convicted, although Colorado has only executed one person since the United States reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

Comments
  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-22 12:20

    You have to make money it is the recession

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-22 17:39

      if you just look at a yank funny in the us youll get sued. bunch of w&kers

  • derek.gunter.946 - 2012-09-22 12:39

    What losers! You want to be policed at the movies? Because of one nut you want us all to be policed at the movies or else you'll have grounds to sue? Shame on you!

  • stirer.kathray - 2012-09-22 12:43

    Isn't that just typical American opportunism - Just look for someone to sue, no matter how innocent. Their legal system is atrocious. People who do things like this should themselves be charged for mischievous litigation.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-22 12:48

    Typical Americans. No normal person could have foreseen this tragedy. Imagine ticket prices if security against such attacks has to be implemented. Where will it stop? Next could be a grocery store.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-22 13:18

      If you want me to spend money in your establishment it is your responsibility to look after my safety, if a person can get dressed in full Body Kevlar and still prepare gas bombs ect in there own parking lot without security guards noticing then they are 100 percent responsible

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-22 14:59

      @Clayton: I don't think that you have any idea what security against such perpetrators will cost nor the time it will consume. It will be as if you are going on a plane trip. Remember that at the end the consumer will pay for the measures taken.

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-22 13:21

    Typical idiotic jealous response from you okes, go to any of our cinemas here in this country, they have security guards, they have monitored cameras ect..... The safety of the people in the midnight show was there responsibility, sit down and give your one brain cell a rest...

      sw.t.burger - 2012-09-22 13:30

      *their. Learn to spell before trolling comments pages.

      sw.t.burger - 2012-09-22 13:31

      Added to that, I cannot remember the last time I saw an actual security guard at a cinema in SA. Might be because I live in the colony of the Western Cape.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-09-22 18:08

      You are a little brat of a kid, who can only think in first world narcissism of "someone is to blame[as long as its not me]". I have no respect for your kind, or for what you have done to this world.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-22 18:14

      Clayton nobody told or forced those people to go to a midnight show - they went out of their own accord and a mad man struck. Get real man.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-22 18:30

      clayton your are a clown. if you expect establishments to protect you are nuts.while many establishments do have security its more for their own needs,ie break ins ext as opposed to protecting you from a shooter. my boy you need to take responsibility for your own life,you cannot rely on security guards to protect you from every possible scenario. i certainly dont,and thats even if they are around. wake up bru.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-22 13:31

    Hillareous, sue the shooter he was the reaponsible one. There is a term in the legal world: should you take a certain action away and nothing should have happen, then that action is the guilty one.

      sw.t.burger - 2012-09-22 13:32

      Novus actus interveniens.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-22 13:43

    Kids used to sneak in the back doors at the cinemas to watch the movies for free. Never a security guard in sight, but in those days security guards were a rare sight. Kathy

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-22 16:21

    Full body search and scans at the movies, wonder if anyone will still go?

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