The Pentagon has announced that members of the U.S. military were among the victims at the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado when a 24-year-old gunman burst in and opened fire on a crowd at a Dark Knight Rises midnight screening. At this point, the Pentagon has not released whether military victims were among those killed or wounded in the attack.
The Colorado shooting suspect is James Holmes, who moved to Aurora last year. Nearly 30 minutes into the movie, Holmes burst into theater 8 at Century 16 Movie Theaters dressed in riot gear. At this point, it does not appear as if the shooter, Holmes, had any military ties.
This entire situation is horrible and tragic and nearly incomprehensible. The fact that U.S. service members who may have endured tours overseas and saw military action could have been killed or even wounded in this shooting at a movie theater in Colorado is simply unbelievable.
The only positive news that has come out of this theater shooting is the stories of the brave men and women who paused to help others who were hurt and bleeding in the midst of running for their lives. These stories are all over the news today as eyewitnesses and movie goers who were at the scene tell their stories via Twitter, Facebook, and live interviews. It just goes to show that ultimately, most people are good and not destructive like this shooter is. Even in such a bleak moment, the goodness of people shines through like a beacon of hopeÂ—a hope that is desperately needed.