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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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166.

Colorado23    

WOW!!!! It has not even been a week!! Have some sympathy for the people who lost their lives and their family members. Think about all the tragedy that has happened in Colorado in the past few months alone. All the people who lost their houses in the many fires and now this senseless act. He needs to stop being so greedy and think of others and how he can help them and not himself. This honestly makes me SICK !! How dare he try to cash in on other peoples loss. Trust me buddy... You will get over your Extreme Trama and you do not need CASH to do it !!! Volunteer, give blood, do something for the less fortunate .. Doing something nice for others will make you feel good about yourself and help you get past your trama....

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167.

greatneck    

Ok, i just lawyered up, suffering from deep depression. Brought on by the media's exposure of this slaughter. Can not sleep, lost interest in sex, appetite is gone, gets worse as I think more about this....$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, fire one!!!!!!!

760 days ago
168.

tephiestephie    

Are you kidding me? I understand people are hurting but let's keep our **** together and think logically. WB? Really? This guy was in line with EVERYONE else to see this "rampant" violence. What does that make him? Just an innocent bystander who is forced to go see movies? It's an action movie. Get over it. Stop blaming marilyn manson and batman and everyone else for bad parenting and crappy upbringings. Your dead friend wouldn't be too happy that you are trying to make money off of this.

760 days ago
169.

Sterling713    

Going after everyone, but James Holmes...the person actually responsible.

760 days ago
170.

soulflower    

Oh jeez here we go!!!
I'm surprised he's not suing the air for being available for the shooter to breathe that night!

760 days ago
171.

Scott    

Brown is a complete idiot. The only person or company he can go after is Holmes. This is why the country is like this because we have a l lot of idiots...

760 days ago
172.

MP    

Why not sue the person actually responsible???Oh wait he's a red headed nut job with no job or money.
So I'll pick on three parties that have money and will probably want to settle quickly. What an *******

760 days ago
173.

jim    

Malpractice in the movie industry....it is about time!

760 days ago
174.

Tee    

Interesting that the person who caused the alleged trauma isn't in the suit.

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175.

Charbel     

The Republican Party or GOPs (Greedy Obdurate Republicans) must be sowed too, because they kowtow to gun lobbyists and oppose gun control, and the NRA for advocating the use of guns, and the Tvea Party for their subversion of lawful authorities.

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176.

CHRHEURIN    

SERIOUSLY??! I love the "someone needs to be help responsible for the rampant violence" quote -- I'm pretty sure he was PAYING to witness that rampant violence. What a piece of crap.

760 days ago
177.

Diego    

He should sue Lil Wayne and the record company that put out the video for "My Homies Still" also.

760 days ago
178.

saicon    

This kids is an ass. 1 may pass, but 2 and 3, good luck d-bag. My advice, stop listening to your lawyer and count your blessings that you are not dead.

760 days ago
179.

Annie     

"Torrence Brown-Smith
July 4
4th of july is a false holiday"

Here is another one of this POS' fb posts. I guess he doesn't like America unless they show him the $$$$

760 days ago
180.

AmericanPatriot    

If Obama had a son he would look like Torrence Brown, Jr.

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