Date: May 17, 2012
Source: DHS/FBI (PDF)
Abstract: (U//FOUO) An early April 2012 suicide bombing of a
theater in Somalia and a violent extremist communication advocating attacks on
US theaters highlight terrorists’ continued interest in attacking such venues.
Although we have no specific or credible information indicating that terrorists plan to attack theaters in the United States, terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass casualties and cause local economic damage.
(U//FOUO) On 4 April 2012, an al-Shabaab female suicide bomber detonated explosives at the National Theater in Mogadishu, Somalia during a speech by the Somali Prime Minister attended by multiple cabinet members. The bomber blended in with the audience until her attack, which targeted the VIPs in attendance.(U//FOUO) On 7 April 2012, an al-Qa‘ida-linked violent extremist urged others to emulate the 2002 Moscow theater hostage attack—in which Chechen terrorists seized the Dubrovka Theater and held over 800 people captive for three days until Russian security forces gassed the theater—by seizing crowded facilities in the United States, including movie theaters; taking hostages; and demanding the release of captured al-Qa‘ida-linked or -inspired violent extremists.
(U//FOUO) These recent instances demonstrate that mass gatherings such as those associated with theaters likely remain attractive terrorist targets. We encourage facility owners and operators, security personnel, and first responders to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and behaviors that may indicate a potential attack.
(U//FOUO) Potential Suspicious Activity Indicators
— (U//FOUO) Persons in crowded areas wearing clothing that is unusually bulky or atypical for the season, possibly to conceal suicide explosives or weapons.
— (U//FOUO) Persons asking about theater security screening and evacuation procedures.
— (U//FOUO) Packages—possibly containing explosives—left unattended in open areas or hidden in trash receptacles, lockers, or similar containers.
— (U//FOUO) Suspicious or illegally parked vehicles near a theater or where crowds gather prior to or following performances and events (DHS/FBI, 2012).
Candidate For Senator Forewarned Batman Massacre
Date: July 11, 2012
Abstract: During the interview on The Pete Santilli Show on 7-11-12, David Vanderbeek specifically stated he believed the "soon to be released motion picture The Dark Night contains foreshadowing of a false flag attack". David expressed his opinion that a false flag event would take place during a sporting event. Needless to say, David's comments prior to the Batman Massacre are chilling, especially in light of the tragic loss of life in Colorado (YouTube, 2012)
Least 12 Dead, 59 Injured In Colorado Theater Shooting During 'Dark Knight
Date: July 20, 2012
Source: Fox News
The suspect, identified by law enforcement officials as James Egan Holmes, 24, is in police custody. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said authorities are "confident" that Holmes — who was clad in all black clothing and wore body armor — acted alone and used an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun in the attack. Another handgun was also found in his car, which was parked outside of the theater.
"We are confident that he acted alone," said Oates, adding that "many, many" rounds were fired.
Oates said Holmes' lone interaction with local police prior to the shooting occurred in October when he was cited for speeding.
Holmes is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Monday at 8:30 a.m. local time in Centennial, Colo.
Earlier, police said Holmes’ apartment was booby trapped, leading authorities to evacuate five surrounding buildings. Oates said bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He says police could be there some time.
"We have an active and difficult scene there," he said.
Oates says pictures from inside the apartment are fairly disturbing, and the devices look to be sophisticated. FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck and put a camera at the end of 12-foot pole inside Holmes’ apartment, which is about four miles from the theater.
Police also have evacuated two research buildings at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where the suspect in the Colorado shootings was a graduate student. A school law enforcement officials said it was a precaution, and there is no reason to believe staff or students are at risk.
KUSA-TV reports that Holmes kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some type of a smoke bomb and began shooting when moviegoers started to run.
Authorities started to remove the bodies from the theater on Friday afternoon. Officials wheeled a black bag on a stretcher out of the front entrance, placing it in the back of a minivan. Ten people died in the theater, while two others died from their injuries later.
One sailor and two airmen were injured while at the theater, the Defense Department said, and another sailor known to have been at the theater was still unaccounted for.
The killings set off security concerns at theaters across the country, with local law enforcement weighing in on their own precautions.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the NYPD is increasing security at movie theaters citywide.
"We're doing this to raise the comfort level," Kelly said. "We'd certainly encourage everybody to go about their business."
He also told reporters during a news conference that a contact in Colorado informed him that Holmes had painted his hair red and said he was “The Joker,” Batman’s nemesis who does not appear in the latest film.
Witnesses say they heard a series of explosions and up to 20 gunshots after the scene grew chaotic. About 100 witnesses were taken to a local high school to be questioned by police.
Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the theater after frantic 911 calls around 12:30 a.m. local time, officials said.
Holmes reportedly fired shots inside the theater and fled to the parking lot and was confronted by police already at the theater for crowd control. Holmes wore a bulletproof vest, police said, and was carrying a rifle and two handguns. The handguns may have been placed in the theater before the shooting.
The guns used in the attack were purchased at two separate Gander Mountain Guns shops, one in Thornton, Colo., and another in Aurora. The remaining guns were purchased at Bass Pro Shops in Denver, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
FBI spokesman Jason Pack said there's no indication in the investigation so far of any connection to terrorism.
President Obama said he is "shocked and saddened" by the mass shooting and urged the nation to "come together as one American family." He said his administration will do everything it can to support the people of Aurora, Colo. The White House says Obama, who was in Florida at the time of the shooting, was informed of the shooting by Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan.
"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family," Obama said in a statement. "All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors."
Obama later spoke to supporters in Fort Myers, Fla., where he asked for a moment of silence.
“Everybody just take a moment," Obama said. "I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today. I am grateful to all of you."
Holmes attended Westview High School in San Diego, Calif., and graduated in 2006, the Poway Unified School District confirmed to Fox News.
Police released a written statement from Holmes' family: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."
James Wilburn was sitting in the second row of theater 9 after midnight when an emergency door opened and a man entered, the Denver Post reports.
"He was dressed in black," Wilburn told the newspaper. "Wearing a flack jacket and a gas mask."
The man was carrying a shotgun and had a rifle strapped to his back, Wilburn said. The gunman then dropped a canister, causing a noxious gas to spew out. He raised the shotgun and repeatedly fired toward the back of the theater.
Wilburn and three friends dove to the floor, hiding behind seats in front of them. The gunman was only five or six feet away, he said.
Once the shotgun was empty, the gunman calmly dropped it to the floor, took the rifle and went on firing. Wilburn heard roughly 30 shots, the Denver Post reports.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Naya Thompson and her 22-year-old boyfriend Derrick Poage were running for their lives. Thompson said the gas spread and the gunman may have dropped two canisters.
"It was like a tear gas," Thompson told the newspaper. "I was coughing and choking and I couldn't breathe."
James Cameron, who was in an adjacent theater, said he heard commotion and screaming. People seated around him began coughing and having difficulty breathing.
"By the sound of it, it sounds like there could have been three or four guys shooting," he said.
Oates said there's no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive.
Bejamin Fernandez, 30, told the Denver Post that he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted "get down!"
Fernandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.
Jordan told the paper that one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9-years-old.
Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone began yelling, "They're shooting out here!"
Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he heard several shots.
"Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.
Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."
Some moviegoers said they thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater, pointing a gun at the crowd.
"I told my friend, `We've got to get out of here,' but then he shot people trying to go out the exits," Jennifer Seeger told NBC's "Today." She the shooter made his way up the aisle, shooting as he went, saying nothing.
The youngest victim reported was a 6-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims were taken. Their condition wasn't known.
Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.
Aurora is on Denver's east side and is Colorado's third-largest city with 327,000 residents. It is home to a large Defense Department satellite intelligence operation at Buckley Air Force Base, as well as The Children's Hospital, the University of Colorado Hospital and a future Veterans Affairs hospital.
The incident was the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.
In Colorado, it was
the deadliest since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, when
two students opened fire in the Denver suburb of Littleton, killing 12
classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves.
Columbine High is about 12 miles from the theater (Fox
Dead, At Least 50 Injured In Shooting At Colorado Movie Theater, Police Say
Date: July 20, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: At least 15 people have been killed and up to 50 injured after a mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a suburban Denver movie theater, police say.
The suspect, believed to be the lone gunman, is in police custody. KUSA reports that the suspect kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some type of a smoke bomb and when moviegoers started to run, he began shooting.
Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding in to authorities, officials said.
He reportedly fired shots inside the theater and fled to the parking lot and was confronted by police already at the theater for crowd control.
The suspect’s identity was not released, but was wearing a bullet-proof vest and 24 years old, police said. The gunman was carrying a rifle, handgun and another unidentified gun, police said.
James Cameron, who was in an adjacent theater, said he hear commotion and screaming. People seated around him began coughing and having difficulty breathing.
"By the sound of it, it sounds like there could have been three or four guys shooting," he said.
Audra Mincey, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Medical Center, told Fox News there are two patients in critical condition.
Mincey said the hospital set up its incident command center and mobilized personnel.
Earlier reports said there may have been a second shooter, but police believe only one shooter was involved, KDVR tells Fox News.
Police Chief Dan Oates says city police are checking the area for explosives. The suspect’s apartment building was evacuated.
Police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson says "the scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time."
Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.
"Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.
Hayden said at first
he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw
"people hunched over leaving theater" (Fox News, 2012).
Real Life Shooting Imitates Training Exercise At Parker Medical School
Date: July 21, 2012
Source: Denver Post
Abstract: The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack.
"The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin.
He said emergency specialist physicians from Parkland Hospital in Dallas as well as from several other emergency programs around the country are teaching the Advanced Disaster Life Support Training. Rocky Vista is the only medical school in the nation to make that training a part of the curriculum.
"They are trained to respond in every type of disaster," Dubin said.
The shootings in Aurora were incorporated into the teaching Friday, Dubin said.
"It made these medical students very aware that these kinds of things can happen anywhere," he said. "The events of this tragedy have helped to drive that home" (Denver Post, 2012).
Aurora Shooting Suspect Was Under Psychiatrist's Care
Date: July 28, 2012
Abstract: The former University of Colorado graduate student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a cinema last week had been under the care of a psychiatrist who was part of a campus threat-assessment team.
The disclosure came in court documents filed yesterday by lawyers for James Holmes, 24, who is accused of opening fire last Friday on a packed showing of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
The defence attorneys, in their request to an Arapahoe County district judge, are seeking a court order requiring prosecutors to turn over the contents of a package that Holmes sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton and was later seized by investigators.
"Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected," the filing said.
Fenton, medical director for student mental health services at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, provides medication and psychotherapy for grad students in addition to her teaching duties, according to a school website.
A professional biography of Fenton posted on the site said she had conducted research on schizophrenia, including a two-year grant to work in the schizophrenia research department of the US Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008 to 2010.
Fenton also is a member of the campus-based "behavioral assessment and threat assessment team," which helps faculty and staff deal with "individuals who may be threatening, disruptive or otherwise problematic," according to that group's website.
It could not be ascertained if Fenton was caring for Holmes under the threat-assessment program or under routine counseling she provided to students on campus.
Under Colorado law, mental health professionals cannot be held liable in civil suits for failing to predict a patient's violent behavior unless it involves a "serious threat of imminent physical violence against a specific person or persons." When such a threat is made, the mental health professional is required to take action, which may include notifying those targeted or a law enforcement agency.
Fenton could not immediately be reached for comment, and a spokeswoman for the University of Colorado medical school declined to comment, citing restrictions under a gag order issued by the judge presiding over the case.
The university, where Holmes had been enrolled as a doctoral student of neuroscience, confirmed earlier this week that a suspicious package was delivered by mail on Monday and that it was "immediately investigated and handed over to authorities within hours."
Fox News has reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement source close to the investigation, that two packages were sent by Holmes to a psychiatrist on the faculty of the University of Colorado, and that one contained a notebook detailing the shooting scenario. According to Fox News, the notebook contained hand-drawn illustrations of stick figures shooting at other stick figures.
The defence motion accuses the government of leaking information to the media in defiance of a gag order, thereby jeopardizing Holmes' rights to due process and fair trial by an impartial jury. It says his lawyers will request a hearing to determine "appropriate sanctions for this misconduct."
Prosecutors, responding to the discovery motion, disputed various elements of media accounts as being erroneous, suggesting that anyone who had provided information to Fox News and other outlets lacked real knowledge of the case.
"These factual errors lead (the government) to believe ... that the media is getting information from hoaxers, fraudsters, or maybe from nobody at all by creating fake 'law enforcement sources' out of whole cloth," prosecutors said in their filing.
Formal charges against the suspect, who dyed his hair bright orange and was said by authorities to have referred to himself as the Joker - Batman's comic book archenemy - are expected to be filed in court on Monday.
The judge in the case, William Sylvester, set a hearing on the defence discovery motion to be held as part of Monday's proceedings. Sylvester also said he would consider a pleading by news media organizations to make public court documents the judge has sealed in the case.
Arrested within minutes of the shooting rampage at his car in the theatre's parking lot, Holmes is being held in solitary confinement in the local jail.
In addition to charges stemming from one of the worst outbursts of US gun violence in recent years, he is accused of wiring his apartment with enough explosives to have leveled the entire building if they had been detonated.
The apartment house was evacuated when the booby traps were discovered. But the explosives were later safely dismantled and removed by authorities, and Holmes' neighbors began returning to their homes on Wednesday night.
The latest disclosures about the suspect came to light as mourners attended the third funeral in as many days for one of the victims of the shooting rampage, this one for an 18-year-old high school graduate, Alexander J. "AJ" Boik," who was bound for art college in the fall.
In addition to Fenton's research on schizophrenia, she also has a background in physical medicine and had worked as a medical acupuncturist at a Colorado rehab centre for several years before doing her residency in psychiatry, according to her resume on the University of Colorado website.
State records posted online show that she received a "letter of admonition" from the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners in 2004, though details of the rebuke could not be immediately accessed from the board's website.The New York Times reported the admonition cited Fenton for prescribing various pills for her husband and other non-patients on several occasions - including the sleep aid Ambien, the allergy medication Claritin and the painkiller Vicodin - and for failing to properly document the prescriptions. According to the Times, the board noted in its letter that she was no longer writing prescriptions for non-patients (Independent, 2012).
Serial Thief Preys On 'The Dark Knight Rises' Moviegoers
Date: September 12, 2012
Source: NY Post
Abstract: Even a 50-foot tall crime fighter staring down at him didn’t scare off a real life thief — who specialized in ripping off the audience at an IMAX theater on the Upper West Side.
The serial thief had allegedly been focusing on the theater, in a muiltiplex at Broadway and W 68th Street, stealing purses and electronics from patrons engrossed in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the Post has learned.
Adding insult to injury, the suspect, ex-con Nicholas Fairclough, 25, didn’t even pay for a ticket, cops said.
He allegedly slipped into the building through a back door on Aug. 19 and headed straight to the theater.
He slinked inside and snatched a bag containing a debit card and cell phone lying in the aisle next to a patron, court papers charge.
Seven days later, he was back — and allegedly grabbed a bag containing an iMac laptop, iPod and headphones belonging to another patron.
“He’s a creeper,” said one law enforcement source. “He sits on the floor next to you or sits behind you and takes your stuff.”
The next day, anti-crime cops were dispatched to the theater to keep an eye out for Fairclough, who resurfaced at about 11 p.m. attempting to sneak through the back door again, sources said.
The officers recognized him, slapped on cuffs and charged him with burglary and grand larceny.
“He just said, ‘Yeah, I did it,’ as if he wanted to go back to prison,” said a source, speculating he prefers a cell to the homeless shelter where he lives.
Fairlcough has already served two stints in state prison after being convicted on two similar cases in 2010 and 2011.
In both cases, he stole purses and credit cards from IMAX moviegoers. He then used the credit cards to make purchases, including one in which he booked a helicopter tour of the city (NY Post, 2012).
, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos has a relationship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that dates back to 2009. Elway has shown that he is willing to get paid for his services and will likely look the other way should there be a false-flag terror attack involving Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
Hundreds Attend Vigil For 'Bullied' Student, 13, Who Shot Himself Dead In High
School Hallway In Front Of Terrified Classmates While Dressed As Batman Villain
Date: September 26, 2012
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: A 13-year-old student dressed as the Batman villain Two-Face shot himself dead with a hand gun today at an Oklahoma junior high school, just minutes before classes were due to start.
- many of whom were similarly dressed for the school's Super Hero Day - heard
a gunshot before 8am and found eighth grader Cade Poulos lying in a
hallway, according to classmates speaking to KOCO.
Terrified teenagers then fled the halls, fearing a gunman was on the loose.
According to a Facebook memorial page since created for the Stillwater Junior High student, bullying is a suspected motive for the boy's death.
'We all broke down and cried when we heard the gun shot. I hope people realize now that Bullying is NOT acceptable, and it hurts people in every way. Little words hurt. We know what you experienced. But we all love you, your [sic] in our prayers...' a Facebook post in memorial of Cade read.
Since its creation this morning it has received over 6,000 likes by mid-afternoon.
On Wednesday night, about 120 of Cade's friends and community members packed into the Highland Park Methodist Church for a prayer service, according to the Tulsa World.
The church's senior pastor, Rev Derrek Belase said during the service: 'God created Cade, and God loved him until the very end. This morning, God welcomed him home.'
The junior high school and a nearby elementary school were locked down and classes canceled for the day, authorities said.
Several students told KOCO that Cade had gone to school dressed as the fictional character Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, for the day of costumes as part of Breast Cancer Awareness week.
Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson told the News Press that 'the hallway was probably full of kids that time of day,' some of whom have come forward describing the scene to local media as immediately evacuated out of fear.
'It doesn't appear
that anyone else was in danger or threatened,' he added.
Approximately 750 to 760 students attend the junior high school with students in grades eight and nine, according to Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine.
The school sent a statement to parents saying there had been a 'single shooting incident' at the school and that staff and students – eighth and ninth graders – had been moved to a safe location. Parents were told to pick up their children at a nearby shopping center.
With Cade allegedly dressed as a popular Batman villain, the scene may have painted a grisly reminder of this summer's shootings at the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre where accused gunman James Holmes shot and killed 12 while dressed as the Joker.
'Everyone thought it was a joke at first,' ninth-grader Ashlyn Lundholm told the Stillwater NewsPress. 'Then I heard people screaming. Then we went to lockdown for 35 to 40 minutes.'
An eighth-grade student told the newspaper he witnessed the shooting.
'I saw him on the ground,' Aaron Veselak said. 'There was blood all around his head.'
Dickerson told the NewsPress that 'the hallway was probably full of kids that time of day.'
According to KOKO, it was a teacher who immediately responded to the boy.
'Everybody just heard a huge pop…there was just a gasp, everybody all at the same time. Then silence for about three seconds and then I looked over to see what it was, and I saw a body laying on the ground, with blood everywhere. And I just started running,' a student told KOSU.
Dickerson told NewsOK he had not heard bullying as a possibility in the shooting but said it's still early into their investigation.
'There's no documented bullying in the school records, but all the kids i've talked to who went to school with him said he was bullied and that leads me to believe treated like an outcast. His peers would know more than the school records,' one Facebook user responded to another questioning the reports of his bullying.
Superintendent Caine said counselors would be available for students.
'It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of a tragic incident at our (school) this morning,' Caine said in a letter to parents. 'At 7:50 a.m. one of our students died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. All other students and staff are safe.'
Responding to the scene was State Sen. Jim Halligan who witnessed and applauded the students' swift evacuation to Cimarron Plaza.Stillwater is located about 70 miles west of Tulsa (Daily Mail, 2012).
In Batman Costume Busted By Cops. Again.
Date: October 3, 2012
Source: Smoking Gun
Abstract: A Michigan man who patrols the streets in a Batman costume is facing a felony charge after he allegedly interfered with a police investigation.
Mark Wayne Williams, 33, was busted after showing up at the site of an auto accident Saturday evening in Bear Creek Township in northern Michigan. Williams, dressed as Batman, was at the crash scene thanks to his monitoring of a police scanner, according to a court affidavit.
Investigators were probing the personal injury accident since the driver responsible for the crash had fled the scene. In a bid to track the motorist, troopers enlisted the help of a K-9 dog.
As troopers “were securing a large area for the search of the subject,” Williams “took it upon himself to search the area in his Batman persona,” according to a Michigan State Police statement.
Williams, seen above, told investigators that he “wanted to help troopers and searched part of the area before being found by troopers.” He added that he “just happened to be wearing his costume when he heard of the search.”
Concerned that Williams’s actions could compromise the dog’s ability to track the driver’s scent, troopers directed him to depart the area. But the wannabe superhero refused to comply. Troopers responded by arresting Williams for resisting and obstructing a police investigation, a felony carrying a maximum two-year prison term.
Investigators seized Williams’s homemade Batman outfit and gear, and booked him into the Emmet County jail (from which he bonded out Sunday). Williams is scheduled for an October 18 court appearance.
Williams, who lives in the city of Petoskey (pop. 5,670), was arrested last year after he was spotted, in costume, on the roof a local business. He was found carrying a collapsible baton and pepper spray in his utility belt.
As seen in the adjacent evidence photo, cops photographed Williams, wings spread, in his Batman costume following his collar.
Williams--who has been dubbed “The Petoskey Batman”--subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count and was sentenced to six months probation. He was also ordered not to wear costumes during that term, which ended earlier this year.
Williams’s latest arrest was announced Sunday evening on the Facebook page of a woman who calls herself “Petoskey Batgirl” and apparently patrols the city with Williams. “Okay. Batman got arrested last night. Obstruction of Justice apparently. We will know what his bond is set at tonight at six,” she wrote, adding later that, “Im trying to come up with the money to bail him out.”
A photo on the woman’s Facebook page shows her on a July “patrol” with Williams, who appears to have
upgraded his Batman costume from the one he was wearing when arrested last May (Smoking Gun, 2012).
Title: Madonna Angers Denver Audience By Pretending To Shoot Guns Into Crowd
Date: October 19, 2012
Source: CBS Denver
Abstract: Some Colorado fans are upset after music superstar Madonna used guns during a performance.
Madonna started her show Thursday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver with a gun scene, which she has used in previous performances. She was also accused of being more than three hours late to the show.
People took to social media to complain about how they were offended she used guns and violence as part of her show in light of recent events in the state that included a mass shooting at a theater during a Batman movie on July 20 that left 12 people dead.
“Really, Madonna? Keep Denver waiting 3 hours, then open with guns? And pretend to shoot people in the front of the theater? And that’s art?” one woman said on Twitter.
Another woman tweeted: “Madonna 3 hours late for Pepsi Center concert with no apology, then proceeds with ‘Bang Bang’ in city plagued with gun violence.”
“I was shaken by it and I saw people in the audience shaken by it as well,” said Peter Burns, who was friends with Jessica Ghawi, who died in the theater shooting. “I turned to my girlfriend and said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with this.’ “
Burns said he saw some people in the audience get up and leave.
James Holmes, 24, was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the Aurora movie theater shooting.
Madonna released a statement saying the guns used in the show are “metaphors.”
“I do not condone violence or the use of guns,” Madonna said. “Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case it’s wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.”The statement was released in a bizarre, rambling fashion that she called her “MDNA Show Manifesto.” Click here to read the entire statement (CBS Denver, 2012).
Documents Add 12 Names To List Of People That Theater Shooting Suspect
Allegedly Tried To Kill
Date: October 26, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Prosecutors have added 12 names to the list of people allegedly targeted by the suspect in the Colorado theater shootings, according to documents made public Friday.
James Eagan Holmes originally was charged with 142 counts including murder and attempted murder, alleging he killed 12 people and injured at least 58 in the July 20 shootings.
In September and October, prosecutors filed 24 more counts of attempted murder against Holmes. The names of the alleged victims were redacted from court documents, so the number of additional alleged victims was unknown until Friday.
Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie. He is being held without bail. He hasn't entered a plea.
The newly released documents didn't say whether any of the 12 additional people were injured. Prosecutors declined to comment.
One of the 12, Corbin Dates, told The Associated Press in July he was so close to the gunman that spent cartridges were falling on him.
"Some of it was hitting my leg, and it burned really badly," Dates said at the time.
Another of the newly identified victims, Jamie Rohrs, was in the theater with his fiancée and their two children. Two of the attempted-murder counts in the original criminal complaint allege that Holmes tried to kill Rohrs' fiancée, Patricia Legarreta, and their 4-month-old son, Ethan Rohrs.
The names of the 12 additional alleged victims were caught up in a legal skirmish between attorneys who wanted the identities kept secret and media outlets that argued they should be made public.
In July, when the original criminal complaint was filed, court officials released the names of all 70 people whom Holmes is accused of killing or trying to kill. Two months later, Arapahoe County District Judge William Blair Sylvester granted a request by prosecutors to redact those names from the public file and the court's website.
A lawyer for 21 media organizations including The Associated Press objected, pointing out the original 70 names were already in the public domain.
Sylvester's order on Thursday directed that the original 70 names be returned to the public file and court website and that the 12 additional names be released as well.
The order said withholding the names would be "largely symbolic" because the original 70 were in the public domain and because the media had already identified and interviewed some of the other 12.
Sylvester also decided, for now, not to release information about a package Holmes sent to his psychiatrist before the massacre. He wrote that unsealing details about the package could jeopardize an upcoming hearing on a request by defense attorneys for sanctions against prosecutors.
claimed authorities had made improper statements about the contents of the
package. District Attorney Carol Chambers has asked the judge to reject
sanctions because no specific violations were identified (Fox