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Batman shooting victims sue US movie theatre

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:45 PM
People surround a memorial to those killed during the shooting rampage in a theatre at a midnight screening of the latest "Batman" film in Aurora, Colorado, July 28, 2012.

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) - Injured victims of a deadly United States (US) shooting at a screening of the latest Batman movie sued the theatre operators on Friday for alleged negligence over security, local media reported.

Two lawsuits filed in Denver claimed there were no guards on duty for the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Aurora 16 in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, when 12 people were killed.

In addition, the doors allegedly used by the gunman had no alarms, and staff did not monitor the parking lot behind the theatre, where the shooter is believed to have prepared for the attack, according to The Denver Post.

"Any person who wished to make a surreptitious and unauthorized entry into the theatre could easily determine that the lack of security personnel and lack of any alarm on the door... would allow them to leave the theatre, and re-enter without fear of being discovered," said one lawsuit cited by the Post.

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