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James Holmes Massacre

Victim's Mother Ready

to Sue Movie Theater

7/30/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729_james_holmes_aurora_tmzThe mother of one of James Holmes' massacre victims has hired a high-powered attorney to sue the Aurora, CO movie theater where he opened fire ... killing 12 people, and injuring 58 others.

TMZ has learned Shirley Wygal is retaining a lawyer in Los Angeles to handle her case -- and we're told she plans to go after the Century 16 Theater.

Shirley's 32-year-old daughter Rebecca Wingo was shot and killed in the theater.

Sources close to Shirley tell us she believes the theater's emergency exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them ... especially for a premiere as anticipated as "The Dark Knight Rises."

Witnesses say Holmes entered the theater through an emergency exit door and then started shooting. Authorities think he may have propped the door open earlier from inside the theater.

TMZ broke the story ... a survivor of the shooting spree is planning a similar suit, but he also intends to go after Warner Bros. and Holmes' doctors.

We've reached out to Cinemark -- the theater's corporate owners -- but no reply yet.

Holmes will be in court Monday morning to be formally charged in the massacre.

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lmfao    

Remember that black kid who lawyered up and sued the theater, lets see how you react to a white person sueing now. Go back and read the old comments on the black kid story.

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Logan Walker    

Well i dont know what she could sue for ? anything any american could do to get money with out working.

762 days ago
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Jeff    

Going after Warner Bros. for the actions of this idiot is ludicrous. Going after the theater is a different story.

762 days ago
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Marie    

Good Lord. If I'm ever killed in a situation like this and my parents do something this boneheaded, I will haunt them for life.

762 days ago
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dskowulf    

Sue Warner bros?!!! For what????????? WOWWWW this B is stupid and just trying score big bucks for her self pleasure. Idiot

762 days ago
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jules    

The woman who lost her 6 yr. old daughter and was shot in the neck and abdomen miscarried as a result of the trauma to her body. Shouldn't that raise the count to 13 or does an unborn child not count?

762 days ago
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CJ    

The sad part she will get some money out of it probably because of all the press. America really is sue happy.

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Jordan    

Notice that the Lawyers taking theese Bogus Lawsuits are all from LA Is there a movie theater in this country that has an alarm on exit doors. What did the theater do wrong. All this Lawyer is trying to do is get a quick settlement and try and make there money. How come no high powered lawyers in Colorado are taking theese lawsuits.

762 days ago
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Steinberg    

Wow! Inappropriate! Your daughter just got killed, murdered! And the first thing you do is bring up a lawsuit?! What's this dumb lady's angle?

762 days ago
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Santo    

I feel bad that this woman's daughter was shot and killed, but suing everybody (including the movie studio?!?) isn't going to bring her back. She'll get money from the theater, guaranteed, but her hinting at suing WB just makes her sound like a greedy loon.

762 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

I feel bad for her loss, but this is bullsh*t.. stop looking for anyone to blame for the loss of your loved one other than the red headed freak sitting in the county jail.. oh thats right, he can't pay you millions of dollars, which is really what this is about.. kind of make this person look like a whore, trying to sell the death of a daughter.. F*cking America at it's best...

762 days ago
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Malika    

Only in America...

762 days ago
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twinsies    

Enough already. Why not sue James Holmes or his parents for what happened? That's right! Not enough money in it. Then don't tell us it's not about the money. But, a whole lot of it will make me feel better.

762 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

daughter has been dead for only like a week and already suing gee wiz money hugry much?

762 days ago
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Mason H    

Way to honor your daughters death in this tragedy. Show some class, don't try to get rich quick off of the blood of the victims of this tragedy! If you feel the need to sue someone, why not actually go for someone responsible? Oh yeah, that's right, he's fu*king crazy and in jail and doesn't have deep pockets like a movie theater. This is in NO way the movie theaters fault and idiots like this are just going to make the US that much worse!

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