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SHOOTING! 20 Jul 2012 12:22 #38895

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AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
DATE: July 20, 2012
CONTACT: Officer Frank Fania, PIO (303)739-6022
NATURE: Theater Shooting
CASE NUMBER: 12-28181

Aurora, Colo. – Aurora Police are investigating a shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater, located at 14300 E Alameda Ave, involving approximately 50 victims with at least 12 confirmed dead. On July 20, 2012, at about 12:39 a.m., police received numerous calls of the shooting. Officers arrived on scene moments after the first calls and arrested one party at the rear of the theater.

Police were told the suspect “appeared” at the front of one of the theaters, threw some type of gas or explosive device and started shooting.

When the suspect was arrested, police recovered one rifle, one handgun and a gas mask. A third gun is still inside the theater. The suspect is an adult male Aurora resident in his early twenties. He offered no resistance when he was arrested. At this time, the police have no evidence that any additional suspects were involved other than the person arrested.

The Police Department can confirm that 12 persons are deceased, with the bodies of 10 victims still at the crime scene inside the theater. At least two more victims died at area hospitals. The Police Department previously released a preliminary number of 14 dead, but only 12 can be confirmed at this time. Approximately 50 total persons were shot, including the deceased.

Victims were transported to at least six area hospitals. Many were rushed immediately to hospitals in police cars by responding officers. The injured and dead include a wide age range. The conditions of the injured also vary, with some suffering very serious wounds.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this investigation. Officers and deputies responded from almost every local police and sheriffs’ department in the metropolitan area.

Police are using Gateway High School, located at 1300 S. Sable Blvd., as a meeting location for family members seeking to reunite with loved ones.

Aurora Police will hold a press conference at approximately 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, to provide further information. The location will likely be outside the theater where the shooting occurred but the location may be changed.
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Re: SHOOTING! 20 Jul 2012 13:02 #38896

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We can all relate to this terrible event. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, patrons, and staff. Schools-colleges-churches-shopping malls-and now a movie theatre. It's really sad.
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Re: SHOOTING! 20 Jul 2012 15:22 #38898

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NATO Members:

In regard to the tragic shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, NATO issued the following statement:

"On behalf of all the members and staff of the National Association of Theatre Owners, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this despicable act and their families. We are grateful for the quick and effective response by police and emergency personnel. Guest safety is, and will continue to be a priority for theater owners. NATO members are working closely with local law enforcement agencies and reviewing security procedures."

In addition, we are attaching a Dpartment of Homeland Security checklist below:

DHS Checklist
Considerations for Private Sector
§ Confirm that emergency plans are current and up to date
§ Confirm that all staff members including security and front of house staff under the signs of surveillance. Staff personnel change throughout the year and management should confirm that new team members have been properly trained for emergency situations.
§ Confirm that parking of cars/vehicles near entry points or around a facility is understood and the process to report vehicles is current. Consider contracting with a towing company to manage the towing of vehicles to a safe area.
§ Confirm that reporting of suspicious activity is understood to local law enforcement (www.XXXXX.GOV <www.XXXXX.GOV> - suspicious behavior)
§ Outreach to neighboring properties should be confirmed to discuss potential for advising the theater or public assembly property
§ Confirm that all security systems are operating effectively and are being reviewed to identify any potential suspicious behavior
§ Confirm that all fire and life safety systems are operational and permits are current
§ Confirm that all property team members to include security and front of house personnel have been trained for first aid
Considerations for Law Enforcement Partners
§ Confirm summer release and performance schedules for events to be alert to potential for large assembly of crowds
§ Confirm with local theatres and public assembly facilities any changes in management, contracts services (security, janitorial, vending, etc.) which might be able to provide information for suspicious behavior
§ Consider attending a weekly, monthly or special staff meeting for theatre personnel to discuss roles and responsibilities
§ Confirm that all contact information is current and up to date regarding key personnel (facility manager, security manager, etc.) for quick outreach
§ Confirm with theatre/public assembly facility management the name of towing company responsible for towing of vehicles. Confirm that contact information is current between towing firm and law enforcement to leverage knowledge and awareness
§ Confirm that all sensitive areas within the facility are properly secured and access is limited to individuals properly approved to be these areas
§ Confirm that ALL personnel understand the roles and duties for abandoned /unattended packages with in a theatre or within public areas of the facility
§ Conduct a "Red XXXX" review of the property to identify potential areas where an individual might observe and develop operational plans to assail property at a later time; Depending on outcomes create opportunity to make sure theatre/public assembly personnel are connected and aware of potential "Red XXXX"
§ In mixed use or retail setting environments confirm with security personnel that routines are varied and don't allow for and individual to assess routines
§ Confirm that theatre and public assembly personnel have or understand the procedures for packages and bags being carried into a theatre /public assembly facility (www.suspicious <www.suspicious> baggage search.gov)
§ Confirm with security personnel that all CCTV and video systems are operating effectively and have been properly directed to track specific weak points
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Re: SHOOTING! 20 Jul 2012 19:17 #38899

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Did life immitate art?

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/gangst...er-be_n_1690073.html

This Gangster Squad trailer has been available on-line since May 9, 2012.
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Re: SHOOTING! 20 Jul 2012 20:28 #38900

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not that it is gonna happen but I hired an armed state police officer in plain clothes for two nights to watch Batman/ M
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Re: SHOOTING! 21 Jul 2012 01:40 #38902

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You did the rite thing Mike. People will feel more comfortable with police presence! Here in NY there everywere and the theaters are packed!
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SHOOTING! 07 Aug 2012 22:49 #38976

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It really scares me to think just how many patrons are now going to the movies packing 'just in case':


usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/07/1316...ovie-police-say?lite
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SHOOTING! 10 Aug 2012 20:58 #38999

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I am certainly glad the theatre noticed this Bag of Guns and took appropriate measures. Wish they would have caught it before he entered the auditorium. I myself am comforted by the possibility that patrons have the means to protect themselves while at the movie or anywhere else. I do not believe the Colorado tragedy could have happened in Texas where there is a real chance that someone in the theatre would have been armed and able to immediately take the necessary measures to defend themselves instead of everyone being sitting-ducks
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