The FBI has just released a new report about active-shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, and results are particularly dire. The bureau finds that the number of these tragedies escalated and became more deadly over this span. A total of 160 crimes fit the FBI's active-shooter parameters, with se ... More >>
Aurora theater shooting gunman James Holmes has been videotaped 24 hours a day, seven days a week since he was detained, according to a letter from the psychiatrist appointed to perform Holmes's second sanity evaluation (on view below). Holmes was arrested on July 20, 2012 in the parking lot of the ... More >>
Update: The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear the petitions filed on Monday by James Holmes's attorneys. Read the high court's (brief) orders at the end of this post. Original post: Attorneys for Aurora theater shooting gunman James Holmes have filed two petitions with the Colorado Suprem ... More >>
At first, Alejandra Cardona Lamas couldn't have imagined that a single good thing would come out of July 20, 2012. She was among the hundreds of fans gathered for the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora. And she was there for the mass shooting that kille ... More >>
Between January 2009 and September 2013, there were nearly two mass shootings per month in the U.S., according to a new report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The incidents described in the report include the July 2012 shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, which left twelve dead and seventy ... More >>
Back in April, we told the story of Aurora theater shooting survivor Carli Richards -- whose victimization didn't end when she escaped the Century 16. In the months after the shooting, Richards was harassed online by people who labeled her a liar, a publicity seeker and a pawn in a government conspi ... More >>
In sharing preliminary 2012 crime states, the Aurora Police Department faces an interesting dilemma -- how to process the July 20 massacre at the Aurora Century 16, which led to a dozen deaths and scores of injuries. APD data shows major crimes in the community went up slightly if the theater shooti ... More >>
In the wake of mass killings at the Aurora Century 16 and Connecticut's Sandy Hook school, Groupon has reportedly decided to drop all discounts and deals related to guns. Not so the Denver Post, whose Denver Daily Deals promotion currently features an offer related to a handgun-safety class.
The smell of buttered popcorn drifted into the parking lot as survivors of the July 20 shooting that killed twelve people and injured seventy made their way last night toward the front doors of the remodeled Century 16 theater in Aurora for its official reopening. Inside, they were greeted by a new ... More >>
The Aurora Century 16 -- now known as the Aurora Century -- will reopen tomorrow, after tonight's "evening of remembrance" for the victims of the July 20 shooting. And through the weekend, Cinemark, the owner of the facility, will show free movies:The Bourne Legacy, Cloud Atlas, Finding Nemo 3D, Fli ... More >>
At 5 p.m. today, the Aurora Century 16, the site of the July 20 attack that killed twelve, officially reopens following a ceremony featuring Governor John Hickenlooper and many others. Some family members have called for a boycott of the event -- an indication of the strong emotions stirred by decis ... More >>
The City of Aurora has asked the judge in the theater shooting case to revise a gag order that prohibits law enforcement agents from discussing what happened. "The city has refused numerous requests...to give presentations regarding the theater shooting," an attorney for the city wrote in a motion f ... More >>
The Aurora Century 16 will reopen tomorrow, less than six months after the July 20 shooting left twelve dead and dozens injured. Cinemark, which owns the theater, put up a Facebook poll to ask people whether the site of the tragedy should be reopened, 70 percent of those who responded reportedly sai ... More >>
Our recent post about a new lawsuit filed against the owner of the Aurora Century 16 noted that it was at least the eighth formal complaint spawned by the July 20 theater shooting at which twelve people died and seventy were injured. One reader has mixed feelings about the proliferation of suits.
Last August, just over a week after the Aurora theater shooting, we checked movie-ticket websites for the shuttered Aurora Century 16 and were shocked to discover that a user review making light of the tragedy was on the Movietimes.com page. With the theater set to reopen on Thursday, we looked aga ... More >>
The Aurora Century 16, where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve and injured seventy, is slated to reopen next Thursday, January 17. But the attempts by Century 16 owner Cinemark to move on haven't stopped the shooting-related lawsuits against the firm that have appeared regularly over the past six ... More >>
Editor's note: Melanie Asmar is covering day three of the preliminary hearing into the July 20 Aurora theater shooting allegedly committed by James Holmes. Sergeant Matthew Fyles continued his testimony by displaying photos James Holmes took of himself and the future crime scene.
Two days after Christmas, victims of the Aurora Century 16 theater shootings and family members of those killed there on July 20 got an e-mail invitation to a special reopening ceremony at the facility later this month. Many didn't appreciate the invite, labeling it a blatant marketing ploy. In fact ... More >>
No question, an e-mail forwarded from Cinemark to victims of the July 20 shooting at Aurora Century 16 -- and family members of those who died there -- inviting them to a special reopening ceremony was the wrong way to deliver the message...but is it reason for a boycott?
The upcoming reopening of Cinemark's Century 16 theater, the site of the tragic mass shooting on July 20 at a midnight show, has sparked a lot of controversy this week -- in part because of a heavily criticized letter that theater sent to the victims' families inviting them to attend its re-opening. ... More >>
Hint: If you're going to a movie in Boulder, do not wear a "Joker" mask in the theater. Officials with the Boulder Police Department reported Sunday night that they had arrested a seventeen-year-old male (he's a part-time University of Colorado student, whose name is not being released because he's ... More >>
Update: Judge William Sylvester, the jurist overseeing the Aurora theater shooting case against accused murderer James Holmes, has denied a request for access to evidence from three victims suing Cinemark, owner of the Century 16, where twelve people died and 58 were injured during the July 20 attac ... More >>
The Aurora theater shootings have spawned a number of lawsuits against Cinemark, owner of the Century 16, where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people and wounded 58. But two of the suits were subsequently amended to remove direct references to prior gang shootings at the theater -- a rationale ... More >>
Last month, three survivors of the Aurora theater shooting filed lawsuits against Cinemark, owner of the Century 16, where the July 20 massacre took place. Cinemark has filed to dismiss these claims -- but another has just arrived. Marc Bern, whose New York law firm has won a big settlement on behal ... More >>
At the most recent hearing in the case of Aurora theater shooter, a prosecutor maintained that attack survivors need anonymity because of potentially frightening interest in them by online supporters of accused killer James Holmes. An administrator of the most prominent James Holmes is Innocent Face ... More >>
Your bank balance is falling faster than leaves in autumn. But it's possible to have a blast without blowing your budget. Here are ten things to do this weekend for under $10 -- including eating breakfast for dinner, a Young Frankenstein Halloween party, and lots more. And six are absolutely free! ... More >>
Today, three new documents were released in the case of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes pertaining to a pair of controversies -- defense attorneys' call for sanctions against prosecutors for allegedly lying about Holmes being banned from the Anschutz Medical Campus, and a request from th ... More >>
Mike White is searching for answers. To find them, he hopes to return to the Aurora theater where a gunman opened fire on White, his family and others who'd come to see the July 20 midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. "I'm not sure what the questions are," White says. "But I feel I need to se ... More >>
Should Aurora's Century 16, the complex that includes the theater where thirteen people were shot to death on July 20, reopen? That's what Cinemark, the owner, has decided to do, and when the City of Aurora posted a survey on Facebook asking what should be done with the complex, the majority of thos ... More >>
Our post about Aurora Century 16 owner Cinemark asking a court to toss lawsuits by theater shooting victims prompted a debate about whether reopening the venue is a good idea. Here are thoughts from someone who thinks it is.
Update: Last week, we posted about the decision by Cinemark, owner of the Aurora Century 16, to reopen the theater where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people and injured 58 this past July; see our previous coverage below. Now, we've learned more details about the Facebook survey that showed t ... More >>
Update: Mere hours after we published a post about the possible impact of lawsuits filed Aurora theater shooting victims on plans to reopen the Century 16, shuttered since the July 20 massacre that killed twelve and injured 58, Cinemark provided an answer -- in court. The Texas-based owner of the th ... More >>
This morning, the court released more than fifty documents in the James Holmes case that had previously been kept from public view -- dating all the way back to Holmes's application for a public defender on July 20, the day prosecutors say Holmes shot and killed twelve people and injured 58 at a mid ... More >>
Within days of the Aurora theater shooting, announcements were made about possible lawsuits over the horrific attack, in which James Holmes is accused of killing twelve people and injuring 58. Now, however, two suits have been filed against the theater's owner by a total of three surviving victims. ... More >>
The City of Aurora is conducting a survey through August 31, asking people what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, the theater where twelve people died when a gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises; the results will be shared with Cinemark, owner of the theat ... More >>
Yesterday's post about changes made (or not made) at ten massacre sites was inspired by a survey asking what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people. Here are some reader suggestions for the theater's future.
The City of Aurora is conducting a survey, asking folks through August 31 what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, the theater where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people. Many other massacre sites have faced this unfortunate question in the past, with responses ranging from minor chan ... More >>
On Sunday, a gunman opened fire on attendees at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, killing six people before dying at the hands of police. Yet the amount of coverage this horrific event has received thus far falls short of that devoted to the July 20 Aurora theater shooting nationally as well as locally. I ... More >>
After the Aurora theater shooting, the Century 16, where a twelve people died and dozens more were hurt during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, closed, and there are very real doubts about whether it will ever re-open. Nonetheless, pages for the theater remain on all the major online m ... More >>
Several years ago, Westword created the Mile High Murder archive to track area homicides. Since we began covering the July 20 attack on the Century 16, however, we haven't included our reporting in that category, instead grouping it under several other headings, including our Aurora Theater Shooting ... More >>
Update: As we reported last week, Yousef Gharbi, sixteen, was among the most seriously wounded victims of the Aurora theater shooting, having been struck by a bullet that may have to remain in his head for the rest of his life. Since our post, Yousef's mom has been regularly updating his Caring Bri ... More >>
Sharing stories is possibly the saddest yet most uplifting aspect of facing public tragedy, and we've been hearing a lot of them in the last few days -- about people who died too soon, saved lives through small acts of bravery, and whose own lives were changed forever in a split second. Here's ano ... More >>
As was the case following the 1999 Columbine tragedy, late-night hosts faced a difficult task in dealing with early Friday's shootings at the Century 16 in Aurora. How to treat this horrific incident respectfully and then attempt to make the nation laugh? That night, Craig Ferguson passed the test ... More >>
The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office has released a list of the people who died in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora. Jessica Ghawi, 24, an intern at 104.3 The Fan, had already been identified by friends and family. The other names include Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six. Here's the ... More >>
Editor's note: Sam Levin is at Gateway High School, near the scene of the Aurora Century 16 theater shooting. People continue to gather at Gateway High School, where witnesses were taken after the attack -- among them more and more panicked individuals trying to find out whether friends and loved o ... More >>
We can now give you a look at James Holmes, the man in custody in the wake of a shooting at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. This is a more recent shot, while one below is from a San Diego yearbook. Here it is:
We understand that media outlets doing wall-to-wall coverage of last night's shooting at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rise have to look at every possible angle of the story. But excuse me for being repulsed by stories speculating about whether the ... More >>
Whenever there's a shocking example of firearm mayhem like the shootings at the Aurora Century 16 theater, it doesn't take long for those on either side of the pistol-availability argument to start trying to make ideological points. Prime examples: Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, who wondered wh ... More >>
DOA is only opening tonight (June 15) on two local screens -- Harkens Northfield and Century Aurora 16 -- which doesn't usually bode well for a movie. Particularly a movie that the studios didn't offer advance press screenings for until just a few days before the release. But never fear, our intrepi ... More >>