2012 Aurora shooting

Mass shooting in a movie theater in the United States

The 2012 Aurora shooting took place in Aurora, Colorado on 20 July 2012. Gunman James Eagan Holmes shot dead 12 people and wounded 58 others at The Dark Knight Rises premiere at a movie theater. He was arrested a few minutes later.

2012 Aurora shooting
The Century 16 theater in Aurora CO - Shooting location.jpg
The Century 16 Theatre where the shooting happened
LocationAurora, Colorado
DateJuly 20, 2012
12:38 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. (MST)
Attack type
Mass shooting
WeaponsAssault rifle, shotgun, handgun, tear gas
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorJames Eagan Holmes

Eagan was later convicted in 2015 of twenty-four counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of possessing explosives and a sentence enhancement of a crime of violence. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. [1]


  1. "James Holmes Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder for Killing 12 in Colorado Theater Mass Shooting". 16 May 2017.