Last night’s tragic shooting at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado was the largest mass shooting in the U.S. since the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, which killed 32 people and wounded 15 others. 12 people were killed and at least 38 injured Thursday night at the Aurora movie theater. There are about 20 mass shootings every year in the U.S. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence lists hundreds of mass shootings since 2005. The Aurora shooting suspect, 24-year-old James Holmes, has been arrested.
This was the deadliest mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, when two students opened fire at a high school in Littleton, CO, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 13 people and wounding 26 others before killing themselves.