They expressed shock and condolences after a gunman stormed a suburban movie theater in a Denver suburb, Colorado, showing a Batman premiere and shot 71 people in the audience after throwing gas canisters. Twelve were killed. Police arrested James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was clad in a bullet proof vest and a gas mask as the suspected perpetrator of the massacre. They later ruled out terrorism as the motive.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanded that President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney do more than just console the victims by telling the country how they intend to prevent this kind of gun violence. “There are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop,” he said.