The Killing in Colorado by Kathryn Updike

1 Dec

What happened at the premiere of the Batman Sequel?

On a Friday night in July in Aurora, Colorado there was the opening of the Batman Sequel, “The Dark Night Rises.” A few minutes into the movie, a man named James Holmes walked into the theater casually dressed as the “Joker.” He suddenly pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and as many movie watchers began to rise in confusion, he began a minute-less gun shooting, killing twelve people and injuring fifty eight people. Then after he left the theater , a few minutes later the police came to arrest the “joker,” who is also known as James Holmes in the parking lot of the movie theater.

What did the Police officials find?

After arresting James Holmes on Friday night the federal law enforcement stated that they found that in the past sixty days before the shooting Mr. Holmes purchased about twelve thousand three hundred rounds of ammunition for four guns he had purchased at local gun stores in Colorado. This means that he probably used over quarter of three thousand rounds of ammunition for his .40 caliber handgun he used for the night of the premiere. The officials also said they found three other guns inside of Mr. Holmes’ car which included a AR-15 assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, and another .40 caliber handgun. This man probably could have used the guns if he had not been caught that night.

Who was James Holmes before all this?

James Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he was enrolled as a Ph. D student majoring in neuroscience. In June 2012 he started falling behind in his classes and began failing all of his tests. He soon then dropped out of all of his classes after failing a key oral exam in June. This man seemed to be having mental problems and started to think of what he was going to do next and a month later in July 2012 he killed and also injured many innocent people.


6 Responses to “The Killing in Colorado by Kathryn Updike”

  1. Troy Stechmann December 2, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    A disturbing article to read but informative. One part of the article I would change is when you said ” a man named James Holmes walked into the theater” you later stated again that the man was James Holmes. You could probably remove that sentence and it would help the clairity of your essay.

  2. sarah harlin December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    I like how to be unique you made your style to be a question with paragraph answers but, it shows up to be more like a homework assignment than an essay. Although it is still very interesting and informative the style loses its “blogging” touch because you did not put in your personal opinion about the whole situation.

  3. lehi peters December 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I agree with Sarah Harlin about the way you set up this paper. You answered all three questions and informed us alot about what happened and who was involved. your topic is a very great choice.

  4. Tanner Jones December 3, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    This article was very clear to read. I agree with the above comment that mentioned it would be more clear if the man of James Holmes was removed, it just appears unnecessary. Overall, the article was informative and interesting to read. It would have been interesting to include opinions but might have been difficult to include without being bias..

  5. israel bolanos December 3, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    it was a very crucial event that happened in colorado. Many innocent people lost their lives. james holmes would not be forgiven due to the murdering of peoples family members.the consequences of his actions has brought people to fear the enjoyment of having a nice movie experience with their loved ones.

  6. Kenny Hershberger December 3, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    You forgot some of the details about him entering and opening fire in the theater. When he entered the theater he had used the back door he had propped open earlier in the day. Also, when he entered the theater he popped a flash-bang or smoke grenade. He did not just use his pistol he also used his shotgun which caused most of the deaths.

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