They thought it was a part of the show; when the movie goers saw an armed gun man, wearing a gas mask-looking very much like the villain in the Dark Knight Rises. Unfortunately, it was not a publicity stunt. James Holden, a 24 year old, wielding gas cans and a shot gun, strolled down the isle of the Movie Premier of the Dark Knight Rises-shooting and killing, at Random. Atleast 12 people were killed, including a 3 month old toddler. The gunmen acted alone and police are currently investigating the shooters residence which is reportedly booby trapped with explosives.
Our Prayers go out to the victims and their families in Aurora, Colorado. Despite the fact that the optics of the gunman’s presentation are strikingly similar to the villain in the Dark Knight Rises, we cannot draw any connection or conclude that he was inspired by the film. We would however, like to encourage Worthy Readers, going to see the Dark Knight Rises, to be careful, alert and aware.
The President has declared a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of the tragedy.