Less than one week after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colorado, the first lawsuit has emerged. Torrence Brown Jr., one of the patrons who was at the theater when gunman James Holmes opened fire on a room full of innocent people, was not injured in the incident, but has plans to file a civil suit, reports TMZ.
One of Brown’s close friends was shot and killed during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 Theater, last Friday (July 20). Citing “extreme trauma” from the rampage, Brown has hired lawyer, Donald Karpel. He will take legal action against the theater for being “negligent” by not arming the front emergency door which Holmes is believed to have entered through, Holmes’ doctors for failing to “properly monitor” him, and Warner Bros. Pictures, who distributed the film. “Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today,” Kerpell told TMZ. However, being that Holmes probably didn’t actually see the film—since it opened the night of the shooting— the latter part of Brown’s lawsuit may not have legs.
Holmes made his first court appearance Monday (July 23), looking disheveled and unable to comprehend the proceedings. While he is not scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges for several weeks, Holmes may use an insanity plea as a defense for his actions.
Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty in the case.
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