100+ charges filed, Holmes could face death penalty

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James Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire in a crowded theater during a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, leaving a dozen dead and more than 50 wounded.

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
Copyright 2014 Reuters

Aurora, Colorado

12 people died and more than 50 were wounded in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Police said 71 people were shot in the movie theater, making it the worst public shooting in U.S. history, ranked by the total number of victims.

Judge Carlos Samour, Jr., on June 4 accepted James Holmes' attorneys request to change their client's plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. The request came in mid-May after 2 months of evaluations.

Three hospitals caring for wounded victims have announced they will limit or completely waive all medical bills. Children's Hospital Colorado, the Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center will use donations and charity funds to cover medical expenses for the 22 shooting victims.

About $5 million in donations will be split among the victims. Ken Feinberg, who was asked to apportion the funds, said the families of the 12 people who were killed and of victims with permanent brain damage will receive $175,000 each. The remaining victims will receive an amount based on the length of their hospital stay.

The widow of a man killed in the movie theater massacre is suing a psychiatrist who saw Holmes a month before the shooting. The widow claims the doctor was obligated to alert police about Holmes' mental condition.

James Holmes reportedly mailed a package to a University of Colorado psychiatrist containing a notebook and drawings detailing his intended killing spree.

"This apartment was designed to kill. If you think we're mad, we're sure as hell angry." Dan Oates, Aurora Police Chief

Oates comments about the complex booby traps in shooting suspect James Holmes' apartment. Authorities set off a series of controlled detonations in order to clear the apartment of major threats, including 30 softball-sized explosives.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says 911 calls about the incident started at 12:39am and numbered in the hundreds. Officers were at the movie theater within 90 seconds, he said. More than 200 officers eventually responded.

Oates said suspect James Holmes was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle -- the civilian version of the M-16 -- along with a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber Glock handgun and had another Glock in his car. All four weapons were purchased legally. Holmes also had a magazine capable of holding more than 100 rounds of ammunition, and he set off two devices to distract the crowd with smoke.

"Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed." Jennifer Seeger

Seeger was in the theater as the gunman opened fire. She and others describe initially thinking the shooting was part of the movie.

President Barack Obama flew to Colorado to meet with officials and shooting victims at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. In this image the president hugs Stephanie Davies while visiting shooting victim Allie Young. The president later recalled how Davies helped keep Young alive after her friend was shot in the neck.

President Barack Obama flew to Colorado to meet with officials and shooting victims at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. In this image the president hugs Stephanie Davies while visiting shooting victim Allie Young. The president later recalled how Davies helped keep Young alive after her friend was shot in the neck.

The Obama campaign and Romney campaign, along with affiliated Super PACs, pulled negative ads from television stations in Colorado. President Obama cut short a 2-day campaign tour of Florida and returned to the White House.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden receive a briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller about the shooting. The president called Aurora mayor Steve Hogan on his way to the airport. After he returned to the White House, he called Chief Oates. None

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden receive a briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller about the shooting. The president called Aurora mayor Steve Hogan on his way to the airport. After he returned to the White House, he called Chief Oates.

"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community… Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families." Christopher Nolan, director of "The Dark Knight Rises"

Christian Bale, star of "The Dark Knight Rises" paid visited with shooting victims and hospital workers at the Medical Center of Aurora. None

Christian Bale, star of "The Dark Knight Rises" paid visited with shooting victims and hospital workers at the Medical Center of Aurora.

"This has actually been one of the most horrific nights in my career… This silver lining is that the baby is okay." Comilla Sasson, emergency room doctor at Anschutz University Hospital in Aurora

Dr. Sasson said shooting victims poured into her hospital from ambulances, police cars and private vehicles. One of the wounded was a 3-month-old baby.

Warner Brothers canceled the Paris premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," along with scheduled media events. The studio also pulled the trailer for an upcoming film, Gangster Squad, in which there's a scene of a shooting in a movie theater.

AMC Theaters said on its Facebook page that it was banning masks and fake weapons from its theaters in response to the shooting.

James Holmes was in a Ph.D program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, according to a University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman.

"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved." The family of shooting suspect James Holmes

The Holmes family asked the media to respect their privacy. They live in San Diego, California and are cooperating with police.

The Colorado killing was among several mass shootings in the second half of 2012. Others took place at a salon and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, an office in Minnesota, a mall in Oregon and an elementary school in Connecticut.

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