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On a summer night July 20, 2012; a gunmen opens fire in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”. “The gunman is "dressed head-to-toe in protective gear"- a ballistic helmet, protective gear for his legs, throat and groin, black gloves and a gas mask. He props open the door, before throwing two tear gas canisters into the theater. After both canisters explode, witnesses say he started shooting, first at the ceiling and then at the crowd. Police say he used an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.” (cnn.com P.7). Twelve people are murdered and fifty-six are wounded. James Holmes surrenders to police, is indicted on 166 felony charges, which include; murder, attempted murder, and weapons charges.
Five days later Fox news reporter Jana Winter wrote an exclusive article referencing two sources that provided information about a package that was sent to the University of Colorado. “James Holmes, the accused gunman in last Friday's midnight movie massacre in Colorado, mailed a notebook "full of details about how he was going to kill people" to a University of Colorado psychiatrist before the attack, and the parcel may have sat unopened in a mailroom for up to a week before its discovery Monday, a law enforcement source told FoxNews.com.”(Winter, 2012. P.1). “Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people," the source told FoxNews.com. “There were drawings of what he was going to do in it -- drawings and illustrations of the massacre."(Winter, 2012. P.2). “A second law enforcement source said authorities got a warrant from a county judge and took the package away Monday night. When it was opened, its chilling contents were revealed.”(Winter, 2012. P.5). Sources then told FoxNews.com, specifically Jana Winter,…...

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