Dark Knight Suspect Planned Attack: Officials
Director Christopher Nolan calls carnage 'devastating'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 6:54 PM CDT
Director Christopher Nolan.   ((AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca))

(Newser) – James Holmes appears to have planned his assault on Dark Knight fans for some time. Law enforcement officials say he began buying weapons from gun stores around Aurora, Colorado, two months ago, and came to the Dark Knight Rises premiere fully stocked—with a Smith & Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle, a Remington 870 single-barrel pump shotgun, and two 40-caliber Glock handguns, NBC News reports.

He also wore black tactical gloves, throat and groin protectors, a tactical vest, and a helmet and gas mask, they say. He apparently bought a ticket for the late-night screening and joined the crowd, then propped open an exit door during the movie. Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has released a statement condemning the attack, reports TMZ: "Movies are one of the great American art forms," he said, and "the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me." See Nolan's full statement.

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Jul 24, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
I am very saddened to hear about this terrible shooting incident. My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk memorial page Christina. I will make sure to visit it.
Jul 21, 2012 6:35 PM CDT
Are Mr. Joshua, Gaius and Apocalypso ALL Huffpo low-to-no-paid staffers, posting on their lunch breaks, or what?
Jul 21, 2012 9:15 AM CDT
The sooner this skidmark is executed the happier I will be. What is the NRA saying about their assault rifle toting assclown members today? The NRA is a pathetic bunch of Rambos wanna-be's. Shame on all of them. Ban assault rifles sales today Obama - by Executive Order. There is no useful purpose for them EXCEPT mass murder.