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This AP story says James Holmes sent though the mail a notebook with stick figure drawings and a description of an upcoming attack. 

This is a really good Washington Post story from Brady Dennis, a former Tampa Bay Times staff writer, who told the story of Stephen Barton, the cross-country bicyclist from Connecticut who was injured in the shooting. 

There's fallout for a Wall Street Journal reporter who tweeted what many thought was a crude comment about the attack and the three men killed trying to save their girlfriends. The Huffington Post wrote about it. 

This is really heartening: Because of various efforts, many of the shooting victims won't face horrendous medical bills.

The people who live in James Holmes' apartment building have been allowed to go back home.



We have an interactive graphic comparing styles of assault weapons.

And here's video of Dark Knight Rises star Christina Bale visiting victims in Colordao:


Shooting suspect James Holmes appeared in court for the first time and was denied bail as the judge issued a gag order. A lawyer for his family also released a statement from  them, saying their hearts go out to the victims. Here's a mobile friendly link to raw video from the court.

  • And here's the video:


  • Behind closed doors and later in public, President Obama offered comfort during a visit to Aurora. (Here's a mobile friendly link to video.) And here it is in this blog post:




  • Reports out of Denver say the assault weapon that suspect James Holmes was using jammed, forcing him to switch to a less powerful weapon. The assault rifle was capable of 50 to 60 rounds a minute. 
  • Preisdent Obama will travel to Denver today to comfort the victims.


We're continuing to follow the story that has shocked the nation. Saturday saw many developments, among them:.

  • The suspect, James Holmes, plotted the rampage for months by stockpiling ammunition and weapons.
  • Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience at the University of Colordao.
  • With a call of "Fire in the hole," bomb experts attacked the suspect's apartment that was filled with trip wires. They found 30 soft-ball-sized IEDs, but think they have disarmed it. The continually updating AP story is here.
  • A group of six friends went out for a birthday celebration. Did they all make it out alive? Yes, but what a harrowing tale.
  • We added the latest pictures  to this photo gallery of images from the tragedy. The photos of the memorials and victims are devastating.
  • A mother is gravely injured and doesn't even know her 6-year-old daughter is dead. It's one of the terribly sad stories that are emerging as the victims' names become known. Here is video of a relative talking about the situation:


  • Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale, has issued a statement expressing his sorrow.
  • More world premieres have been canceled.
  • AMC theaters are banning masks in the wake of the shooting.
  • The Denver Post continue to do a great job of covering this terrible event. They are streaming all of their reporters' tweets here. And they had this graphic that shows what the shooter was wearing. It is chilling how well-prepared he was.
  • We alerted you earlier to an interview with a victim who's boyfriend threw her to the floor to save her. He didn't make it. Here's the Today show interview, which includes a simulation of the attack that is pretty compelling:


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On Friday, when news broke of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., at the Dark Knight Rises midnight showing, we used this post to compile a series of links to all of the information that was coming out of the tragedy. We are continuing to use this space to aggregate coverage as it unfolds. Updates will now be posted at the top of this post, with previous coverage descending.

Here is a photo of suspect James Holmes.


Here are stories related to Holmes:

(New Saturday) This is a really emotional interview by the Today show with a survivor whose boyfriend threw her to the floor to save her. He didn't make it.

We also have some local reaction:

 And here's our account of the president's speech in Fort Myers before he canceled his event in Orlando

Some other stories from the Associated Press that you might be interested in:

From other outlets:


The Denver Post released an interactive timeline that includes videos and photographs.

One of the most compelling stories to emerge is about Jessica Ghawi, one of the victims, who escaped the fatal mall shooting in Toronto in June.

She blogged about her experience and how a “weird feeling” made her leave the food court moments before shots were fired.
Here is her chilling blog post about the June shooting and her final tweets before she was killed Friday.

Her last tweet reads: "MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES."

In this video, a friend remembers her:


Here's an eyewitness video from the scene:


The Denver Post published a gallery of photographs taken by their staff.

Here's the gallery.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that James Holmes was a Ph.D. student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado.

Holmes began the program in June 2011, but withdrew earlier this year, a spokesperson told the newspaper. Here are their updates.

CNN is reporting that U.S. military members were among the shooting victims.

Here is the post: "U.S. military service members were among the victims of the shooting, according to Pentagon spokesman George Little. CNN's Barbara Starr reports that Little could not yet say how many or whether they were injured or killed. Buckley Air Force Base has said some of its personnel were injured in the shooting. Air Force, Army and reserves troops are stationed at Buckley."

NPR interviewed Colorado Public Radio reporter Ben Markus Friday morning. Markus has been reporting from the scene of the shooting.

"Confusion and chaos. There was a big action scene in the movie at the time the gunman walked into the theater," he told NPR. "People did not exactly know what was going on." Click here for the rest of the interview.

The U.S. News & World Report has compiled tweets made by victims and survivors moments before and after the massive shooting. Someone named Caitlin tweeted: "Oh God. I don't know what to do."

Click here for the feed.

Poyner Institute editor Julie Moos created a Storify that shows how the news of the Aurora shooting evolved.

The first tweet reads: "Who's Going To See The Dark Knight Rises?"

Twenty-five tweets later: "@LustInLove "... It was my theater. I'm outside, one of my friends is still inside. No one knows what's going on.

Here's the Storify link.

The New York Times is posting live updates on its The Lede blog. Lots of tweets, videos and quotes from survivors.

They reported Friday afternoon that New York Police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Holmes was dressed as "The Joker" during the shooting. Click here for other updates.

Buzzfeed reported there are a couple of Facebook users who share the same name as James Holmes, the 24-year-old man in custody for the shooting.

One Holmes decided to post a lengthy status asking that strangers stop sending him friend requests. Here's the status.

The New York Times created a map to show the Century 16 movie theater, which is less than 5 miles away from the shooter's apartment.

Here's the map.

Here's an eyewitness video from a moviegoer who slipped on some blood and discovered a woman he presumed to be dead:


CNN posted a timeline of the worst mass shootings in the United States.

Among them: the massacre at Columbine High School in 1997, also in Colorado, that claimed the lives of 13 people and hurt 23 others. And in November 2009, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring 32 others.

Click here for the timeline.

There are lots of readers reacting to this initial report by ABC that claimed a "Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect."

The news organization later posted a correction, which partially reads: "...Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect."

Here's a blog post from Politico explaining the mishap.

The Paris premier of Batman has been canceled due to the Colorado shooting.

The premier was scheduled for Friday. But in the afternoon, workers removed the red carpet and a large mask that adorned the theater where the movie would have played, the Associated Press reports.

The Washington Post compiled a gallery with photographs from the scene.

Photos from range officers investigating the shooting to loved ones hugging one another outside the theater. Here's the gallery.

Reddit has a timeline of the shooting and the news reports that followed.

It includes links and the times when updated news reports were posted. Here's the timeline.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head last January, and her husband, Mark Kelly, commented on the Colorado shooting via Twitter.

They said: "Gabby and I were horrified to hear of the tragedy in Colorado last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." Here's the Huffington Post story.

The Washington Post posted a survey on their website asking readers if they will see "The Dark Knight Rises" despite the shooting.

Here's the survey.

Warner Bros. released a statement to the media on Friday following the shooting.

Here's what the Washington Post reported they said:

"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

And here's an AP story about it.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 10:33pm]


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