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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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106.

Jimmi    

Why is it no one thinks to sue the store that sold the guns? I would sure the gun store and the manufacturer of the gun for knowingly selling a weapon capable of killing so many people so quickly.

769 days ago
107.

Cynic    

before long half of america will be suing, for the trauma james holmes created that day.

769 days ago
108.

texaschickeee    

Mr. Brown is only doing this for money. Not because he gives a damn about his dead friend. Not because of the movie or the violence. Someone has to pay for that girl to eat. First off, the movie theater would have violations from the fire Marshall if it was to be alarmed or guarded and not. The emergency door is there for a emergency, which would have bought up the lights. The fact that it was propped open does not do anything but mean Holmes wanted a way out. WB does movies, millions of them and make money doing it. They know what sells. Why did not one person speak out about any other of the batman movies before this creep did? Because he wants a piece of their pie too. More food for his girlfriend. The PTSD that he is talking about takes MONTHS before he can can have diagnostic issues and or treated for. He can have dreams but come on, he himself just showed his hand as greedy bastard. (and totally fugly just like his girlfriend.)

769 days ago
109.

candace    

Why am I not surprised by this. It's a sad thing what people have become in todays world. I used to work at a movie theater. The reason theres not an alarm on doors is because thats how the ushers get to the trash compartment after cleaning. Plus a lot of people do exite after movie threw those doors. It's crazy to go after the doctors. They can only do so much. Do they have to hold his hand too. Going after WB is a joke. People should know the difference between fact and fiction. If not quit showing all the WW2 movies in history classes. This is such a joke. I hope he losing the lawsuit.

769 days ago
110.

candace    

Why am I not surprised by this. It's a sad thing what people have become in todays world. I used to work at a movie theater. The reason theres not an alarm on doors is because thats how the ushers get to the trash compartment after cleaning. Plus a lot of people do exite after movie threw those doors. It's crazy to go after the doctors. They can only do so much. Do they have to hold his hand too. Going after WB is a joke. People should know the difference between fact and fiction. If not quit showing all the WW2 movies in history classes. This is such a joke. I hope he losing the lawsuit.

769 days ago
111.

sotiredofthis    

Careful, bud, you're moving real fast to line up for the hate train behind Holmes. Seriously?!

769 days ago
112.

Lava    

That's pretty genious.

769 days ago
113.

Leigh    

You know what......anyone involved in this and saw this horriffic tragedy and have lost a loved one, see a loved one pass away or experienced the horror deserves to sue or do whatever they need to do from preventing this happening again. Had the movie theatre had an alarm on their emergency door, then it would have triggered an authority member of the movie theatre to come and check out the problem before anything had taken place, more than likely preventing this horrible massacre unfolding the way it did. People would be alive today if that alarm was on the door.

769 days ago
114.

tab    

The nerve of these people!! I hope that someone comforts them..I wish I lived close because I'd have no problems knocking on their door..this makes me beyond mad!! Damn money hungry people!!

769 days ago
115.

jimi    

figures the blacks are the first one's to start this. what an ignorant,greedy race

769 days ago
116.

Chris    

I am very sorry for each and every one of these victims, but Please God keep these s*** sucking lawyers away from these victims. All they are looking for in this tragedy is a payday. This is the exact reason people hate lawyers because they see a tragedy and all they can think of is "How much can i get the victims WHEN we sue" Just another fine upstanding American trying to scam suck every cent out of people they can show had some connection to the killings. why not sue the makers of the popcorn? maybe it was too salty and that is what set him off? Maybe the offered Red Vines instead of Twizzlers; so why not sue the candy counter for not being fully stocked. Maybe this s*** bag should find a real case to sue someone for and not look for the easy case on while standing on top of bodies looking for clients.

769 days ago
117.

bunny    

He does have a point about the Exit doors. If nothing, the ushers or security should check the door for being rigged. After all, it's a premiere there's people trying to sneak in.

769 days ago
118.

Tony    

This is so ignorant, this gut is trying to profit off the innocent lives of the people who died, if there is a God I would hope this get thrown out. You can't fix stupid, greedy ignorance. Get a job you loser and some empathy for the victims, why not protest their funerals too. Or maybe your friend that was killed, I hope the family sues you becaused you lived, that would be as silly as your bogus suit.

769 days ago
119.

STFUP    

Hey may be successful on counts 1 & 2 against the theater and the doctors - but the part against Warner is ludicrous.

That part can't be proven - and if the court does uphold it - it will be challenged all the way to the supreme court, becuase it would likely mean the end of 'violent' movies - and America won't let that happen.

769 days ago
120.

Tony    

This is so ignorant, this gut is trying to profit off the innocent lives of the people who died, if there is a God I would hope this get thrown out. You can't fix stupid, greedy ignorance. Get a job you loser and some empathy for the victims, why not protest their funerals too. Or maybe your friend that was killed, I hope the family sues you becaused you lived, that would be as silly as your bogus suit.

769 days ago
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