Century Movie Theater - Aurora, Colorado
While trying to enjoy a midnight screening of The Dark Knight, a theater filled with people came under fire by former University of Colorado Anschutz PH.D. student, James Holmes. Holmes' attack on the theater started with canisters of tear gas and ended in gunfire from an unusual assortment of firearms including a Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle. By the time Holmes ceased his assault and returned to his vehicle, he had inflicted record damage, injuring 70 and killing 12. Allegedly prior to the attack, the gunman had attempted to seek help via a mental health hotline but was unable to connect with an operator. During his trial, Holmes' psychiatrist testified that her patient had admitted having frequent homicidal thoughts and even warned his mother of his condition. Holmes attempted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity but was given 12 consecutive life sentences and 3,318 years without parole.