theatre shootings

The Aurora Theatre Shooting

The events of the horrific Aurora Theatre Shooting unfolded on July 20, 2012. The shooting transpired during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and ended with unthinkable losses. 

James Holmes, the sole perpetrator, initially entered the theatre and bought a ticket to the film, sitting in the front row. Approximately twenty minutes into the movie, Holmes exited the theatre through an emergency exit door. He propped this door open with a plastic tablecloth holder and proceeded to go outside to his car. Inside of his vehicle were protective tactical clothing items and multiple firearms. Holmes changed into the protective clothing, which included a gas mask, a ballistic helmet, a bullet-resistant throat protector, a load-bearing vest (which was not additionally bulletproof), bullet-risistant leggings, a groin protector, and finally a pair of tactical gloves. While at his car Holmes also retrieved the guns that he would use in the attack; a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, a Smith and Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, and a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. 

Holmes then reentered the theatre through the same door he had propped open and entered the auditorium, wearing headphones and playing “techno music” as to not hear the audience’s reactions. He first threw two canisters that discharged a gas or smoke. This smoke caused eye irritation and obscured vision, as well as itchiness to the skin and throat. After this Holmes fired his 12-gauge Remington shotgun at the ceiling, then at the audience. He additionally fired his semi-automatic rifle, but it soon malfunctioned. Holmes lastly fired using his Glock 22 handgun. 

Holmes began shooting at the back of the auditorium, then towards people in the aisles. Three people in a neighboring room were hit by a bullet when it passed through the wall, and that area was subsequently evacuated. This room was also screening The Dark Knight Rises. Meanwhile, back in the auditorium where the shooting was taking place, the fire alarm began to sound. The scene was in complete chaos, and some were hesitant to flee due to shouts of an additional shooter in the theatre’s lobby. The first calls to 911 were made at 12:39am, with police arriving in 90 seconds. Some individuals reported the shooting on Twitter rather than calling the police, but officers were already present at the theatre when these tweets were sent. 

A total of 76 shots were fired by Holmes in the theatre; six of these were from the shotgun, 65 from the semi-automatic rifle, and five from the Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. When Sergeant Stephen Redfearn, one of the first police officers on the scene, arrived, he decided not to wait for ambulances. Sergeant Redfearn instead sent a number of the victims to the hospital in squad cars. At approximately 12:45am, Holmes was apprehended behind the theatre by Officer Jason Oviatt. He stated that Holmes was calm and “disconnected” during his arrest. 

12 people were killed in the Aurora shooting and 70 non-fatal injuries were reported. 10 victims died at the scene and two more died at local hospitals. Four of the victims, Jonathan Blunk, Matt MqQuinn, Alexander Teeves, and John Larimer, were killed while protecting their girlfriends. Two of the victims were active-duty service members. For a full list of the fallen victims, click here

Two federal officials had stated that Holmes had dyed his hair red and called himself “The Joker”, but authorities later declined to confirm that statement. However, three days later at his first court appearance, Holmes had reddish-orange hair. Authorities found a first aid kit, as well as spike strips, in his car. Holmes later claimed that he planned to use the spike strips if police chased him or shot at him. Police interviewed a grand total of 200 witnesses during the investigation. Holmes was first incarcerated at the Arapahoe County Detention Center under suicide watch. 

The Aurora Shooting had claimed the largest number of victims of any mass shooting in the history of the United States, but was later unfortunately surpassed by the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting in 2016, which had a combined total of 102 casualties. The Aurora Shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in the state of Colorado since the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999, which claimed 13 victims, not including the two perpetrators who committed suicide after their attack. 

Nobody noticed the mental illness at this early age. Why? Because he was getting straight A’s. And he was causing no problems. And he was a good kid.
—  Dan King, public defender, about James Holmes
They had gone to see a caped, violent vigilante defeat bad guys, but what they got was a bizarre version of the reality. I felt like it was the most wicked and yet most American piece of performance art possible.

emootakukpoplover  asked:

Do one where the reader is in too much pain from her period and Yoongi takes care of her; hot water bottles, chocolate, peanut butter, pads,/towels/tampons and is really worried about her. Thank you!

Thank you for requesting darling! It may not be exactly the same but I hope you like it 😘


You opened the door to your apartment and stepped inside, breathing a sigh of relief. Strangely, you weren’t able to concentrate at work today. You had been feeling nauseous and heavy the entire day. 

Walking forth, you turned towards your kitchen and kept all the groceries you bought after leaving work, on the kitchen table. You turned around to take some water out of the fridge when you suddenly felt a sharp pain in your stomach. It was so intense that, for a moment, you fell down on a knee. You got up, taking support by placing your hand on the chair. You knew what this pain was and now felt stupid for not realising why you had not felt good the entire day. 


You sighed as the pain diluted a little and reached for your purse where you always kept an extra tampon. Taking it, you picked up a towel from your room and went to your bathroom for a warm shower.   


You stepped out of the bathroom, feeling a little better after taking a shower. You weren’t any less worried though. You knew your pain would intensify in a while, it always did. You decided that you would take a painkiller after having supper.

Wearing comfortable clothes, you stepped out of your room to hear your phone buzzing on the kitchen slap. It was a message from Yoongi. You quickly replied. 

You laughed a little as you put your phone down on the kitchen slap. You finished the sandwich you had made while texting Yoongi and kept one aside for him. You couldn’t help but feel relieved when you thought about your boyfriend coming over. His presence itself would help in taking your attention away from the pain that you knew would come in a while. 

The bell rang and you turned around to answer the door, knowing it is Yoongi. However, suddenly another jolt of pain hit you in the stomach and this time it was so intense, you fell there and then, knocking your phone off the slap in the process. You tried getting up but the pain became unbearable as soon as you moved and you couldn’t get up. You heard the bell ringing and a few seconds later, your phone started ringing. You struggled to reach your phone but you couldn’t. You let out an air of pain from you mouth as you brought your hand back on your stomach and turned your body into a fetal position.  

“Y/N!  What’s happening? Are you okay?” You heard Yoongi’s concerned voice on the other side of the door. 

You mustered up your strength to shout out one sentence. 



Yoongi didn’t waste time, he immediately fished around in his handbag for your apartment’s key. Taking it out, he put it in the keyhole and turned it. He opened the door and hurried inside to find you on the kitchen floor in a fetal position, clutching your stomach in pain and almost unconscious.


He dropped his handbag on the floor and ran to you. 

“Y/N! What the fuck happened? Are you okay? Shit what do I do?!”

“I’m okay!” You tried to calm him down. “Just take me to my room, I’ll tell you what to do!” 

“Okay. Okay, I’ll do that.” Yoongi picked you up in his arms, bridal style, and took you to your room. He opened the door with one hand, and carefully placed you on the bed. “Okay, what do I do?” 

“Take out a tablet from the medical aid, it’s called ibuprofen.” You tried to explain through the pain.

Yoongi immediately turned around and went to your wardrobe, opening one of the drawers. He took out the medical aid and moved the tablets around in a hurry before taking out a leaf of pink coloured tablets. 

“This?” he asked you, holding up the tablet. 

You nodded your head. 

He took out one tablet and came to your side. He helped you sit up and put the tablet in your mouth. You gulped it down with water. 

“Okay, what the fuck is happening? Shouldn’t we go to the doctor?” Yoongi asked you in a worried tone. 

You shook your head slightly, “Periods.” 

“I figured that out, Y/N, but this was something else. I’ve never seen you in so much pain. Jesus, I thought you had been stabbed or something.” 

“It happens once in while. Don’t worry, I feel better now.”

Yoongi looked at you in a slightly suspicious manner before getting up and taking off his T-shirt. He threw it on the side of the bed and walked around it. He got on the bed and helped you lie down. He then took the blanket and pulled it over both of you, giving you his hand as pillow. 

You smiled and put your hands around him, snuggling closer. 

“I made a sandwich for you. You should go eat it, you must be hungry.” You said, half asleep. The medicine was starting to take effect. 

“I’ll have it later. Go to sleep.” He said pulling you closer. 


You woke up to see your boyfriend missing from your side. You sat up on your bed, yawning. The pain was there but it had diluted to being bearable. 

You got out of the bed to change your tampon. Heading to your drawer, you stopped dead in your tracks. 

“Fuck. I don’t have tampons.” 

You rushed out to the dining room to call Yoongi. He appeared to be out, you could tell him to bring some tampons. You hurriedly dialled his number and was about to press the call button, when you heard the main door open and in walked your fabulous boyfriend. 

You cursed to yourself, you were too late. 

Yoongi gave you a weird look and went to the kitchen to put down the stuff he had bought.“What happened? Is it paining again?”

“No, no.” You gave him a guilty look. “I..uh..forgot to buy tampons. I don’t have any.”

Yoongi came out, giving you a poker face. 

“I know, that’s why I went out to buy some.” He said handing you the packet. 

Your mouth hung open. You got up and gave him a tight hug. 

“Min Yoongi, have I told you that you are a fucking genius? 

“You don’t have to tell me love, I already know.”

“Just change quickly and come out. I got some stuff.”

You nodded your head as you took the tampons from him and went to the loo. “Gimme half a moment.” 

You came out and went to your lounge, knowing Yoongi is there since the television was on. You were right, he connecting the T.V. to the home theatre. 

“Shoot, what stuff do you have?” You asked, walking towards him. 

“Ice cream, for one. It’s in the freezer. The chocolates are in the fridge. The peanut butter sandwich is in the microwave. The movie, is right here. 

“I love you.” 

He laughed. “I love you too, baby.”

You went to the kitchen and took out the sandwich from the microwave, all the while thinking how lucky you were to be able to call that man your lover. You never imagined that he would be so sensitive towards your..well, your periods. No one ever was. 

A smile formed on your face as you took you sandwiches and ice cream tub into the lounge. You set it up on the floor and sat next to Yoongi. 

“So, what are we watching?” 

“Conjuring 2″

“Fantastic.” You smirked. 

You both dig horror movies and watching them with him was always more fun. 

“Thanks for making the sandwich baby, here’s yours.” 

He shook his head. “I’m eating the one you made.You can have that.”

Your heart melted. You quickly reached out and turned his head towards you and gave him a peck. Then you settled on his side, putting your head on his shoulder. 

“Thank you for being here, Yoongi. I can’t tell you how much I love you.”

You thought he was about to give a sarcastic remark but were pleasantly surprised when you heard him say,



so that’s that. leave it to me to turn periods into a sob story(in my defence, i could relate so hard my periods are hella painful as well)

I hope yall like it and KEEP SENDING IN REQUESTS! 

much love, 


Crime scene photo of evidence outside the Aurora movie theatre where mass murderer James Holmes killed 12 people. The gas mask pictured caused a lot of controversy due to the fact that Holmes himself was found wearing a gas mask (he set of gas and smoke canisters before he started shooting in the packed theatre), the presence off another gas mask was thought to be a clue that Holmes was not operating alone and that he had an accomplice. During the trial of James Holmes it was revealed that police officers had dropped their own gas masks in the rush to enter the theatre. 

When did you write that sonnet and did it replace a previous speech that you had planned?

No, I hadn’t written anything going into today, and I hadn’t heard about today’s events until after our Tony rehearsal. I’d always kind of had this time between rehearsal and tonight to sit and think about what I would say if I was lucky enough to be called up, and it sort of informed all of it, obviously. We live in this world where beautiful and horrible things exist at the same time and sometimes on the same day, so you can’t let that go by–you can’t let that moment go by, particularly when theater is the cornerstone of—theater doesn’t exist without the LGBTQ community. It’s the cornerstone of our industry. So it’s heavy in my heart today.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
on his acceptance speech for Best Score for
2016 Tony Awards backstage Q&A

We just attended a movie at the Aurora theatre and we ended up in the theatre where the shooting took place. Police stood outside of the theatre the entire time and the new seats are nice as hell lol

anonymous asked:

So I have headcanons that they all do some form of dance/theatre so I'm gonna shoot. Tom: hip hop and jazz and once he starts he'll get so into it and he'll just get lost and give it his all. Tord: Jazz, tap and hip hop like I can just imagine him in tap shoes and just dancing out his anger Matt: musical theatre, contemporary, ballet and he also sings like this boi is multi-talented Edd: drama and musical theatre like he doesn't dance too much but he's an amazing actor.