ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Aurora shooting 2012 today erupted just miles from the Columbine attack. Officials on the Aurora shooting case today 2012 tell news that shooter’s actions were similar to the Columbine attack. In a news update moments ago, investigators downgraded the death toll in the Aurora, Colorado massacre to twelve individuals. But only twenty-five miles away, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students during their deadly attack at Columbine High School in 1999.
Officials on the Aurora case are telling news that the gunman was a “lone wolf”, a 24-year old white male whose motives for the rampage remain unknown. In 1999, Harris and Klebold also acted alone. The suspect is in custody. A news conference is scheduled for 11 AM EST.
But like the Columbine attack, the Aurora attack today was elaborately planned by the shooter. Officials tell news that the Aurora shooter chose to attack during a crowded, midnight showing of the Batman new release, Dark Knight Rises. He reportedly anticipated that patrons would arrive at the screening in costume. Investigators claim that when the suspect entered in costume-like riot gear, his appearance was not perceived out of the ordinary to some.
But the shooter was prepared with firearms. He had with him three firearms and a bullet proof vest. He plotted his entrance and escape as well. He reportedly entered, not through the front door, but an emergency exit and then left out the back door to the facility’s parking lot. Other patrons have complained to local news about operations at the Century 16 movie theatre today.
One inside, the suspect used either a smoke canister or smoke bomb. He toss the smoke device during an action scene in the film, prompting patrons to yet again believing the canister was just one patron acting up. But then, with smoke obscuring visibility, the suspect began to randomly open fire, killing ten victims instantly.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold also plotted their attack. The entered a crowded cafeteria carrying a TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol in 1999. Many of their victims were murdered instantly.
The Columbine attack was formative for how FBI and other agencies now prepare for non-terrorist, Lone Wolf, and young adult violent rampages. That attack prompted the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Education Department to investigate what prompts young adults to commit mass shootings. For the latest updates on the Aurora shooting, click HERE.
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