Another shooting with multiple fatalities in Aurora, Colorado: Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, after an hours-long standoff, reports the Denver Post. Details are still sketchy, but SWAT teams surrounded a townhouse in the Denver suburb after neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 3am. Denver’s 9News reports that police entered the home and shot the gunman after hours of failed negotiations. They found three victims inside. The TV station also reports that one person inside the home escaped. Read more…
The psychiatrist for Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes was so concerned about his state of mind that she alerted members of the University of Colorado’s “threat team.” But they did nothing because Holmes soon dropped out of school, just six weeks before the shooting rampage in a local theater, reports ABC News. Psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, who was treating Holmes, 24, is also a member of the university threat assessment panel, which is charged with protecting the school from potentially violent students. Fenton, who helped write the school’s policy on threat assessment and had the power to convene a meeting of the panel, informed the other members of her worries about Holmes in early June, according to KMGH-TV. Read more…
On Thursday, Dane Cook joked about last week’s deadly Colorado cinema massacre during a stand-up gig at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
He told the audience, “So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie… And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap… I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theatre, about 25 minutes in, realising it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh, f**king shoot me.’”
In response to his “joke,” some people laughed while others groaned their disapproval. Read more…
In the days, weeks and months following a national tragedy, myths settle into our national consciousness. Myths are not falsehoods, per se. Rather, myths are the stories that we repeat to explain a complex and unnerving topic and make sense of the confusion — to label something “good” and “evil,” to finger the “bad guy” and the “hero.” A story coming out of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting — which I have heard again and again these past few days — is of the three boyfriends who saved the lives of their girlfriends by throwing themselves in the line of fire during the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting.
Matt McQuinn, 27, Jonathan Blunk (above), 26, and Alex Teves, 24, were all killed by gunman James Holmes while trying to protect their dates. According to The New York Post — admittedly not the most reliable news source — McQuinn “dived” in front of his girlfriend. Blunk “threw his date … to the floor, pushing her under the seat.” And Teves “used his body” to shield his girlfriend. Teves’ grandmother Rae Iacovelli said her grandson “got down on the floor and covered [his girlfriend] up.” Blunk’s date told “The Today Show” herself that “he took a bullet for me” and his ex-wife even weighed in to say Blunk “wanted to die a hero.” Keep reading »
Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto thought it appropriate to question via Twitter if the three women who were reportedly saved by their boyfriends in last week’s “Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, CO, were “worthy” of the three men’s sacrifice. Samantha Yowler, Jansen Young and Amanda Lindgren’s boyfriends all died protecting them from James Holmes’ gunfire. Taranto’s tweet is shockingly flippant, at best, and as Gawker points out, misses the fact that “selfless personal sacrifice doesn’t occur within a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.” Also, why is Taranto specifically questioning the worthiness of women whose lives were saved by the men who cared for and loved them? Everything about this tweet — which Taranto later smugly described as “challenging” — is just gross. [Twitter via Gawker]
Well, that didn’t take very long. Some tasteless asshat made thongs reading “Aurora 7-20-12″ for sale on the CafePress web site. They appear to have been taken down by now, but The Cut captured a screengrab. What is wrong with some people? [NYMag.com]
It is usually not my style to meddle in other people’s relationships, but I’ve got to join the chorus of those advising — in internet comment sections, duh — Patricia Lagarreta not to marry Jamie Rohrs. Legarreta, Rohrs, and their two kids were among those at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado last week (don’t even get me started on bringing kids to a late-night showing of an ultra-violent movie); when James Holmes entered the theater, set off tear gas bombs and began shooting people in the crowd, Rohrs and Legarreta became separated. They were later reunited at the hospital, where Rohrs dropped to one knee and asked Legarreta to marry him. Normally I would be like, “Aww, after facing death, they decided to make the most of life!” but no. See, after Rohrs was separated from Legarreta, her four-year-old daughter, and their four-month-old son, he managed to get out the theater. And then he went to his car. And then he drove off. Legarreta and her kids, meanwhile, barely escaped harm thanks to the heroic actions of a total stranger, Jarell Brooks, 19, who shielded her and took a bullet in the leg in the process. Legarretta’s leg was hit with schrapnel but she and the children were otherwise unharmed. No thanks to Rohrs, mind you. Keep reading »
By now we’ve all read about the young Aurora, Colorado couple who had just moved to town and made the fateful decision to take their two young children to the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Many have gotten in their judgy comments about whether two young children should have been in the theater that night. And now the father, Jamie Rohrs, is getting a drubbing for leaving his family in the theater as he escaped and ended up driving away from the carnage, only coming back once his girlfriend, Patricia Legarreta, called him. Commenters are even telling Patricia to leave the father of her children, saying he will never be there to protect her. Of all the judgmental nonsense people can spout, this is certainly some of the most ignorant. Keep reading »
And, considering it has been sent to me, like, 10 times today, I suppose I should write about it, even though every time I try and think of an annnngle or a point of viewwwww or a spinnnnnn, I feel sick to my stomach. So I am not going to say anything other than James Holmes, the guy who killed 12 people and injured countless others at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” last week, had a Match.com profile and he turned up on a list of matches for a woman only identified as Diana and she naturally felt sick about it. Aside from the fact that his tagline was ”Will you visit me in prison?” his profile looks not unlike the bajillions of dudes that have messaged me over my years of online dating and that just confirms what I already know, which is that crazies walk amongst us and it’s impossible to tell who they are based on a couple of doctored up factoids. [TMZ]
Today in completely classless, whoever runs the Twitter account for CelebBoutique.com (which sells celeb-inspired clothing) thought it would be ingenious to use the #Aurora hashtag on Twitter (trending because of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado early this morning) to sell their Kim Kardashian-inspired “Aurora” dress. Either the person is A) a moron and hasn’t paid a lick of attention to the news today or B) a complete shitbird who knew exactly what was happening and thinks they were being clever. Regardless, the tweet has been up for over two hours and has received countless negative replies, yet it hasn’t been removed. [Update: Just kidding, the tweet was just removed, as of 3 p.m.] Compassion: ur doing it wrong. [Twitter]