Shooting rampage in Colorado movie theatre leaves 12 dead and 59 injured
Details are continuing to surface in the late night shooting spree at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. During the midnight premier of “The Dark Knight Rises” a lone gunman entered the theatre, hurled a gas canister and then began shooting using an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols killing 12 and injuring 59 people. Police officers were able to take the shooting suspect, 24-year old James Holmes into custody. Holmes is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver. The motive has not been identified.
President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be put at half staff in memory of the victims. In a morning press conference in Fort Myers, President Barack Obama said he was saddened by the “horrific and tragic shooting,” pledging that his administration was “committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.”
Dade City, Florida resident Jan Glidewell has been spending the summer in Colorado. Glidewell is a retired newspaper columnist for the St. Pete, now Tampa Bay Times. Though he’s several miles away from Aurora he had considered going to the midnight premier of the new batman movie. Glidewell talked with Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend about the shooting and his thoughts about the role of journalists in covering such tragedies:
Dade City resident and retired newspaper columnist, Jan Glidewell talking with WUFT’s Donna Green-Townsend.
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