It's happened before; it will probably happen againJuly 20, 2012 @ 7:29 am (Updated: 6:55 pm - 7/20/12 )
>Police: 12 dead in
'Dark Knight Rises' shooting
conference from Aurora, Colo.
rampage at movie opening
This time it happened in Aurora, Colorado, Century 16 theatre, theatre number 9, 20 minutes into the movie.
James Wilburn thought the guy in the dark suit might be part of the show.
"Personally, I thought it was a special movie effect that was going on. The next thing you know, people are running, screaming, scrambling, popcorn was flying in the air," said Wilburn.
Jennifer Seeger says the spent bullets fell on her.
"I was terrified, so I just dove into the aisle. But at that point he started shooting people behind me. I had bullets on my forehead, burning my forehead. I just told myself 'I need to get out of here, I need to get out of here.'"
Here's what Salina Jordan will never forget:
"You hear this alarm going off and it said 'Murder in the theater, murder in the theater, murder in the theater.' It's crazy that they have an alarm that says there's a murder in the theater, you know?"
And now they all have to deal with a completely normal situation turned into a horror show by one man.
"It does not make sense. Someone just comes and just randomly starts shooting people. We don't even know what it was for. It just doesn't make sense at all."
We'll eventually find out who James Holmes is, but he's not a terrorist we're told, and thousands of other showings were peaceful, so really we have to start seeing these things as natural disasters. Like an earthquake. Or a tornado.
Powerful weapons have become part of our natural environment. They have special protection. Every adult with a clean record has a right to as many as they can afford, and occasionally one of them snaps.
"You never know what's going to happen in a movie theater, in a movie theater. I mean, what really can you say?"
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