First Lawsuit Filed Over The Dark Knight Rises Shooting

Dark Knight Rises Teaser PosterThe first lawsuit (and I’m expecting more) filed over the Aurora, Colorado shooting tragedy has been filed. The lawsuit was filed by a movie goer who was in the building, not in the actual theater where the shooting occurred.  TMZ is reporting that Torrence Brown Jr. was in theater 16 at the time of the shooting. The shooting occurred in theater 9. One of Brown’s best friends, A.J. Boik, was shot in the chest and died.  Brown, who was not physically injured, claims to now suffer from extreme trauma. Brown has hired attorney Donald Karpel to sue for damages for the extreme trauma he suffered and continues to suffer.

The suit targets three parties. The theater, which is claimed was negligent in leaving the emergency exit doors at the rear of the theater unguarded by alarm or person, Holmes’ doctors, who Karpel says prescribed drugs Holmes was on during the shooting and for which they failed to monitor him (though Karpel says “appears” which means there’s no evidence he was on anything, just speculation), and Warner Brothers. Warner Bros. is implicated because the violence in the movie confused those in attendance who thought the shooting was part of the movie and the shooter James Holmes mimicked scenes in the movie. Never mind Holmes had never seen the movie, since it was the debut night. Karpel says:

Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today.

I’m expecting the lawsuit to be thrown out, and it’s sad someone is trying to literally profit off of the tragedy. My question is where is the lawsuit for the gun and/or bullet manufacturers, those who sold them or even the State who allowed the purchase? Hell while we’re at it, go for even crazier and sue DC Comics for publishing Batman comics or Bob Kane for creating the character…

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