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Toll rises in Batman mass shooting

2012-07-20 11:53

Cape Town – The number of dead during an attack at the Century Aurora 16 Movie Theatre in a mall in Denver, Colorado has risen to 14 with up to 50 wounded, say reports.

A man has been arrested by police, who according to SkyNews, have said the gunman acted alone.

It had been earlier reported that a second assailant was on the run.

The news channel reported that the gunman had a “rifle, handgun and another weapon”. The man is reported to have been wearing body armour and what looked to be a gas mask.

The masked gunmen reportedly opened fire after 30 minutes of the showing and also set off a smoke or tear gas bomb.

Brenda Stuart, from 850 KOA Radio, told Sky News: "This started with a midnight showing of the new Dark Knight movie and the theatres were packed that were showing this movie.

"People inside tell us they thought it was part of the movie. They heard what they thought were firecrackers, loud bangs and all of a sudden they saw the bullets flying.

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Comments
  • henrylaub - 2012-07-20 12:07

    Must be a Superman fan...

  • mike.hunnt.140 - 2012-07-20 12:08

    Hundreds die in Syria everyday, nobody cares. 14 die in America and the whole world is suddenly interested? Really shows people's priorities. The killings in both places are equally senseless.

      henri.lombard - 2012-07-20 12:19

      wow, and i wonder how you found about the killing in Syria.

      bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-07-20 12:27

      Under hot topics on the main page a section is devoted to Syria...

      wesleywt - 2012-07-20 12:30

      Eh..mike its the Chinese and Russians who don't care.

      rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-07-20 13:20

      I don't agree with your statement that nobody cares about Syria. I don't agree with your statement that the whole world is interested in this shooting. I don't think one can just assume other people's priorities. YES - The killings in both places are equally senseless.

      alfie.dunn - 2012-07-20 14:00

      @mike.hunnt.140...You're just a dickhead...see you at the Batman show.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-07-20 12:08

    WTF is woring in that country!!! This atleast happens twice a year! WTF!

      leslie.lee.9615 - 2012-07-20 12:42

      Yes I agree America is messed up! Never mind South Africa, where about 3 times that amount of people get killed on a daily basis.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 12:45

      Having been brain washed by Hollywood, and TV, that murder, slaughter, violence etc, is just a game and full on entertainment, now expanded to horrific computer games, this is just an extension of this FUN!

      Heiku - 2012-07-20 15:35

      ^ you're wrong.

  • Grant - 2012-07-20 12:32

    The joker is behind this!

  • charlesglass1895 - 2012-07-20 12:33

    Obviously Batman wasn't at that opening...

  • Siegeknives - 2012-07-20 12:36

    It's a shame the Bat is'nt real, cause I'd love to see him in the same room with that sack of crap. A few broken bones to go with that life sentence please... good luck to everyone affected. I hope everyone heals quickly.

  • leslie.lee.9615 - 2012-07-20 12:36

    You people are making jokes about this, wtf is wrong with you. 14 people are dead! If this happened in SA , I bet you would all be outraged....

  • beautifano1 - 2012-07-20 12:45

    it's not in S.A read properly...it happened Denver!! my word!!!

      fabian.houten - 2012-07-20 12:50

      who said anything about it happening in S.A? Read properly... My word!!!

  • Harald - 2012-07-20 13:00

    Saw Bullets Flying... really? with their x-ray eyes??

  • IWANTTO - 2012-07-20 14:25

    Has people being killed and dying around us,become so common place,that some of the comments here is deemed "funny"?

  • lee.theron.9 - 2012-07-20 15:08

    I don't think the news on this storey is just about those that died or were hurt, it's the nature of the killing which is not normal at all. What is the world coming to. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have had to experience this horrific act and to those that have lost loved one. RIP.

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-07-20 21:53

      Storey versus story, the struggle continues!

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