And so I begin the A to Z challenge. I hope I make it to the end!
My category is Politics and News.
My theme is Mass Shootings in America: Remember the Victims.
In July 2012 a group of patrons were in a movie theater, for a midnight showing of a current Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. A man entered the theater, set off tear gas grenades, and started shooting into the audience. He had a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, and a handgun. The shooter fired 76 shots in the theater: six from the shotgun, 65 from the semi-automatic rifle, and five from the .40-caliber handgun. (Note the high number from the semi-automatic.) I believe all guns were obtained legally.
The dead included:
Jonathan Blunk, age 26, shot once in the back (fatally) and once in the head
Alexander J. Boik, age 18, shotgunned once in the head (fatally), chest, and shoulder
Jesse Childress, age 29, shotgunned once in the torso (fatally), both legs, and right arm
Gordon Cowden, age 51, shot once in the chest
Jessica Ghawi (a.k.a. Jessica Redfield), a sports journalist, age 24, shot six times, four in the torso and limbs and once in the head (fatally).
John Larimer, age 27, shot twice in the chest and abdomen (both fatally)
Matt McQuinn, age 27, shot nine times, including in the chest and neck (both fatally)
Micayla Medek, age 23, shot once in the chest
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6, shot four times, including in the chest (fatally), limbs, and lower right side
Alex Sullivan, age 27, shot once in the chest
Alexander C. Teves, age 24, shot once in the head
Rebecca Wingo, age 31, shot and shotgunned in the head (both fatally), shot once in the torso, and once in a limb
The total number of casualties is reported as 80 - these deaths, plus others hit by bullets, and at least 8 people injured trying to flee the theater.