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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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151.

Tracychrist    

IT IS NOT the Theater's fault it is James Holmes and ONLY James Holmes fault!! He did this not the Theater! As for suing the production company for Dark Night that is Absurd! Let me guess next hey will sue Anna Hathaway and Christian Bale!!! people are so sue hungry!!!

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152.

janet    

JUST IN...charged with 142 counts including 1st degree murder.

781 days ago
153.

janet    

He's charged with 24 counts of murder....12 first degree murder and 12 depraived indifference murder...basically 2 counts of murder for each victim.

781 days ago
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Johnwolfman    

It looks like everyone is trying to find a way to get money out of this. Those exits should not have alarms on them because the are not "emergency" exits. They can be used to exit the theater in an emergency but are also "just an exit" if you want a quick way out to the parking lot and don't want to walk through the theater to get out.

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155.

jbeans    

Ridiculous!!! This is what is wrong with this country. Everyone is so friggin sue happy!! IT'S NOT THE THEATRE OR WARNER BROTHES FAULT!!! It's the psycho! No one should make money off of this. What kind of parent thinks of $$$$$ when your child is killed?

781 days ago
156.

Bob    

Tragedy happened, people got killed? SUE EVERYBODY!
Classic.

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My Opinion    

I agree with most of the comments here, it is ridiculous for her to sue the theater they are not responsible and no movie theater ever has a security guard. In the parking lot maybe but not standing neat an exit sign that is a waste of money furthermore putting alarms on exit signs isn't a grand idea either because when some bone head, decides there ready to go n instead of being respecting and leaving thru the front door. Will go thru the exit sign n then what do u have a theater full of complaining ppl who would want their money back because the movie was interrupted. It's a sad loss but they have already offer to cover funeral expenses which i think was a wonderful move on their part she needs to stop being money hungry. There is no way she could explain this to make since I can see if he was an employee of the theater but he was a random joe.

781 days ago
158.

Alliefaz    

No dollar amount is worth the life of your child

781 days ago
159.

My Opinion    

I agree with most of the comments here, it is ridiculous for her to sue the theater they are not responsible and no movie theater ever has a security guard. In the parking lot maybe but not standing neat an exit sign that is a waste of money furthermore putting alarms on exit signs isn't a grand idea either because when some bone head, decides there ready to go n instead of being respecting and leaving thru the front door. Will go thru the exit sign n then what do u have a theater full of complaining ppl who would want their money back because the movie was interrupted. It's a sad loss but they have already offer to cover funeral expenses which i think was a wonderful move on their part she needs to stop being money hungry. There is no way she could explain this to make since I can see if he was an employee of the theater but he was a random joe.

781 days ago
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CorkiDeCat    

The victims should sue her for not locking him up in his bedroom... bitch

781 days ago
161.

Phil    

Sorry for this ladys loss, but, I hope she loses everything she owns in this fight, and loses the case. Its not required by law to have an alarm on an emergency exit, nor is it law that security guards need to be placed by an exit. Shes just a money digging hoe out to get a payday off a tragity.

781 days ago
162.

tmzfan    

Seriously? The theater didn't kill.

781 days ago
163.

Mary Reed    

alarmed doors would make no difference he would have still got in and done the awful deed b4 security got there and would have shot them too ..sorry suing the cinema is not the answer unless money is key, no amount can bring a loved one back so wise up and sort out ways to stop anyone from buying ammo and guns in bulk keep your silly gun laws if you must anyone protecting their home should only be allowed a hand gun and those who use rifles for hunting must only use guns from a licensed gun club and keep records of all who take guns out and give records to the police on a regular basis

781 days ago
164.

Blair    

Unbelievable. Bad things happen and the only person to blame here is the one who pulled the trigger. Too bad American's have set the stage for anyone and everyone to sue each other.

781 days ago
165.

Tracey    

I HATE IT when people think something should have been done before...when it is something that has never happened before. RIDICULOUS!

781 days ago
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