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2012 Aurora Shooting

The July 20, 2012, shootings at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killed twelve people and injured seventy others. James Holmes was arrested outside the theater, which had been showing a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, shortly after the incident. Just fifteen minutes elapsed between Holmes's entrance into theater 9 and his capture - but the ramifications will resonate for years. Below are selected Westword stories about the shooting and its aftermath; read more of our coverage of the Aurora theater shooting.

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  1. Aurora theater shooting: "We are all just crying"
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    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 ones were at the theater. Monica Lozano is one of them.
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