CO shooting survivor threatens to sue studio, theater
James Eagan Holmes is accused of killing 12 people in a shocking mass shooting on the night of the premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises.' (Source: Aurora Police Department)
A.J. Boik, 18, was one of the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater early Friday morning. (Source: Fox News)
AURORA, CO (RNN) - A lawyer told reporters Tuesday he will bring suit against multiple parties on behalf of a survivor of Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora, CO, premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
Beverly Hills-based attorney Donald Karpel told TMZ he will file on behalf of Torrence Brown Jr., who attended the midnight showing where the massacre took place. He plans to sue the Century Aurora 16 movie theater, Warner Bros. Entertainment and the doctors for alleged Colorado gunman James Eagan Holmes.
The shooting left 12 dead, including Brown's friend A.J. Boik, 18, and injured 58 others.
According to TMZ, Brown was uninjured, but will sue on the basis that he is now suffering from extreme trauma.
"It's hard … can't even cry," a man identifying himself as Brown and matching photographs released by TMZ wrote on Facebook the night of the shooting.
"The craziest night of my life," he wrote in a separate update. "So much blood, too many bodies. It's crazy that I even got out."
There's no word on when the lawsuit is to be filed.
Warner Bros. distributed of The Dark Knight Rises. Holmes, who is expected to be charged on Monday, reportedly told police he was the Joker, a Batman nemesis who was prominently featured in the second installment of the latest series reboot.
The Dark Knight Rises is the last movie in the series.
"Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today," Karpel told TMZ.
Karpel said The Dark Knight Rises is a particularly violent movie and one Holmes partially mimicked. The nature of the film had many moviegoers believing the initial gas canister thrown into the theater was part of the film and not the beginning of a massacre.
Meanwhile, the theater was negligent for keeping an emergency exit unalarmed and unguarded, according to Karpel. Law enforcement officials said Holmes propped open the door to retrieve guns and other supplies from his car before the shooting.
Finally, Karpel told TMZ doctors for Holmes will be sued because they did not properly monitor him. Karpel claims the suspected gunman was on several medications. The claim has not as yet been proven.
Protected by body armor and a gas mask, Holmes allegedly threw a gas canister into a sold-out showing of The Dark Knight Rises shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday before opening fire on the crowd.
Holmes is being held in solitary confinement at the Arapahoe Detention Center on a no-bond hold.
Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.
James Holmes stands trialColorado theater shooting trialMore>>