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Shooting Massacre "At The Dark Night Rises" Movie Premiere in Colorado Could Lead to Wrongful Death and Injury Lawsuits

December 31, 1969

As the victims and their families from early this morning's deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater attempt to deal with the aftermath of what happened, questions will be raised as to whether more could have been done to prevent a lone gunman from walking in through an emergency exit while fully armed with multiple weapons during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Night Rises." According to the latest news reports, 59 were wounded and 12 are dead. Many of the injured are still in critical condition. They range in age from 3 months to 45. The suspect, James Holmes, did not resist arrest.

Along with the rest of the nation, Anaheim premises liability lawyer Vincent Howard has been watching the aftermath of this horror story as it unfolds, and his sympathies, along with that of his Southern California injury firm, Howard Law, PC, go out to the victims and their loved ones. As police try to piece together exactly what happened, it is very likely that those that were affected by the incident may choose to seek damages from the theater or anyone that could/should have prevented the shooter from acting.

Questions will be asked as to whether the theater, the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, provided adequate security to prevent violent crimes from happening--especially during such a widely anticipated event that so many people were bound to attend. Were their enough security guards, surveillance cameras, and adequate lighting? How was the shooter so easily able to enter the premises undetected, especially while heavily armed?

"Inadequate securities is one of the most common reasons cited for premises liability cases, said Southern California personal injury attorney Howard. "Property owners owe a duty of care to patrons and guests to do what is necessary to minimize the chances of a violent crime happening to them."

The National Association of Theatre Owners has said that it is going to be at the discretion of individual theater companies to decide whether to make any new security changes moving forward. However, some movie theaters have already chosen to up security this weekend. In Los Angeles, the LAPD said that highly visible patrols (as well as undercover cops) are going to be present at major theaters, concerts, and sporting events.

Speaking of security at large venues, the Los Angeles premises liability trial of Bryan Stow against the Dodgers is scheduled to start on February 5, 2013. Stowe, 43, sustained permanent brain damage when several men at a Dodger Stadium parking lot assaulted him last year. He is accusing the franchise of not providing sufficient security that day.

Colorado shooting: Picture emerges of chaotic scene, suspect James Holmes, Christian Science Monitor, July 20, 2012

Trial Date Set For Bryan Stow's Lawsuit Against Dodgers, CBS Local, July 20, 2012

Security increased at movies following shootings, AP/Boston, July 20, 2012


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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Howard represents clients and their families seeking compensation for their injuries and the loss of loved ones.