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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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Tracey    

Thank you to the asshat judge that let the person win in the McDonalds hot coffee suit! It is ALL his fault!

714 days ago
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adrie    

i fail to understand why suing the theater will solve anything... money isnt going to bring her child back

714 days ago
168.

bubblezzz    

Sorry for your lost. But, if you truly loved your child there is a $$ monetary amt to replace them. No one is responsible for this physcho's actions...

714 days ago
169.

Sarah    

ANOTHER IDIOT TRYING TO CASH IN ON THEIR LOVED ONES DEATH....LIKE I SAID BEFORE, YOU FOOLS KNOW YOU WONT GET ANY MONEY FROM THE SHOOTER SO YOU HAVE TO GET SOME MONEY SOME HOW!!!

714 days ago
170.

J Momm    

I guess she wants to make money off her daughter's murder.. sad

714 days ago
171.

James    

Looks like she found her golden ticket, now if you'll excuse me I need to go vomit.

714 days ago
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Andi    

There is no theater in our country that has locked alarmed exit doors. That's how people LEAVE when the movie is over..... If she happens to win this i will be certain that GREED WON....Again....As far a s suing WB.. good luck, its as simple as turning the channel if you don't like what is on, just don't buy a ticket and don't go to the movie..... Just sickening

714 days ago
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Lacton Mepps    

Mom's got a point here. Theaters must have some kind of basic security just to make sure everyone who gets in has a ticket. How can they let someone smuggle in a full set of body armor and an arsenal of weapons?

714 days ago
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anon98765    

I still just don't understand how the theater is responsible for this. Anyone on here a lawyer who can explain it to me? In the theaters I've been in, those exits are marked "exit" not "emergency exit". I don't know of any regulation that requires a business to alarm all exit doors. I don't know of any regulation that requires business to place guards at every exit. If someone were to walk into a Walmart and start shooting would Walmart be held responsible for failing to protect their shoppers? I just don't get it. The shooter and the shooter alone should be the only one held responsible here. Before you know it movie tickets will be $30 a piece b/c of the cost of metal detectors and armed guards. I feel so awful for everyone involved in this, but sometimes a tragedy is a tragedy and you have to leave it at that. There is no way the theater could have predicted this and I don't get how playing the blame game is going to make anything better.

714 days ago
175.

suster    

Greedy Biatch

714 days ago
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jokerchick    

money makes everything better, don't you people pay attention? This vapid country teaches us that from 1st grade on...today's little idiots aren't grasping that b/c they're too consumed with video games to focus on becoming money hungry savages but they'll learn soon enough...when you're sad, feelings are hurt or get a splinter - SUE someone...I DO feel for these families, I won't even pretend to understand the pain they're going through and will continue to go through forever so whatevs, let them sue

714 days ago
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chris    

She is a dumb ass for suing the theater, just like that kid from last week. I have never been to a theater with a exit door that buzzes when opened or security guards at every exit. Come on, get real. Sorry your kid died but the only person to blame is the shooter, remember he is the one who put the bullet in your daughter, not the theater..

714 days ago
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scoopie    

so sorry for you loss, Shirley.. but no way was this anticipated. are all businesses expected to have armed guards now? imagine going out to a steakhouse and there are armed guards at every door

714 days ago
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RtBPress    

I use to work at a movie theater and the first thing employees had to do each day was check the exit door alarms. We would have to turn them on and off to make sure they would sound. Had the staff of the theater done so that day maybe the tragedy wouldn't have happened.

714 days ago
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Jane    

what next? the theatre or the world COULD NOT have anticipated or predicted this...dummies! stop trying to blame anyone except the shooter, he's the one who has full responsibility!

714 days ago
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