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James Holmes Massacre

First Lawsuit

7/24/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

James Holmes mug shotOne of the victims in the James Holmes mass murder spree has lawyered up and plans to file a lawsuit ... because he feels the theater dropped the ball in a very fatal way.

Torrence Brown, Jr. was in Century 16 Theater when Holmes let loose.  One of Brown's best friends, A.J. Boik, was shot in the chest and died.  Brown, who was not physically injured, claims to now suffer from extreme trauma.

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Brown has hired attorney Donald Karpel to rep him.  Karpel tells TMZ ... he is targeting 3 defendants.

1.  The theater.  Karpel claims it was negligent for the theater to have an emergency door in the front that was not alarmed or guarded.  It's widely believed Holmes entered the theater with a ticket,  propped the emergency door open from inside, went to his car and returned with guns.

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2.  Holmes' doctors.  Karpel says it appears Holmes was on several medications -- prescribed by one or more doctors --  at the time of the shooting and he believes the docs did not properly monitor Holmes.

3.  Warner Bros.  Karpel says "Dark Knight Rises" was particularly violent and Holmes mimicked some of the action.  The attorney says theater goers were helpless because they thought the shooter was part of the movie.  Karpel tells TMZ, "Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."

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151.

Annie     

LOL he changed his facebook!! He originally said he left his job in May 2012. Now it says. "Left Job at Chick-fil-A at Gardens on Havana, Aurora, Colorado".

Guess he is going to blame the people he's suing that he is not working anymore ;) He knew in May that he was going to have a traumatic event"?? maybe we should sue him too!

758 days ago
152.

Jody    

That was fast. I knew it was going to happen. Can't sue the shooter, so sue the theater.

Greedy.

758 days ago
153.

Jim    

What's more pathetic is the lawyer that took the case.... greed.

758 days ago
154.

Hazmet77    

Frivolous claims ...

758 days ago
155.

Jim    

What's worse it the s*** bag lawyer who took on the suit!

758 days ago
156.

Hannah231    

He should just be thankful he is ALIVE.

758 days ago
157.

seaneverett    

"Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."

Yes, and that somebody is Torrence Brown, Jr. What better way to support rampant violence than by buying a movie theater ticket to a midnight movie screening?

758 days ago
158.

Texas Jack 58    

He needs to add City of Aurora, CO...they refuse to let concealed permit carriers to carry a gun or even leave it in their car...also they posted Theatre as a gun free zone...these moonbats need to pay for leaving citizens unprotected

758 days ago
159.

Latch Johnson    

If this guy loses, is he responsible to pay the attorney fees of everyone he sued? That should be a part of frivolous lawsuits. Would cut down on so many here.

758 days ago
160.

Wowme    

Judge will kick this faster than Ronaldo's goal kick

758 days ago
161.

Cricket    

I call bullshlt on this guy... really not hurt, and who does he sue, no, not the gunman, but the theatre. Really jerk, this is your biggest concern??? If it is, it is evidence that you aren't really struggling with the trauma of this event.

758 days ago
162.

Debbie    

Blatant greed and opportunism to cash in on a massacre.

758 days ago
163.

regis777    

Of course they are suing. Look at the race.

758 days ago
164.

Bob    

"Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."
Sure- because we can't all be responsible for ourselves, right? If I don't want to see a violent movie, I don't go see a violent movie- it's as simple as that. Nobody forced Mr. Brown to go to the theater that night.

I do agree that alarms should have gone off when the emergency exit was opened, and that should be standard protocol anywhere with an emergency exit. Surprised that it's not.

758 days ago
165.

foggarty    

I find it pretty disgusting that people would turn a tragedy like this into an oportunity to make a profit! Hopefully he'll be laughed out of court!

758 days ago
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