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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

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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Sounds like she is just trying to make a buck off of her daughters death. Sad

817 days ago


This is why places go broke, country so sue happy and jurors allow claims, some so stupid it's pitiful

817 days ago


This is retarded, she "Believes" who cares what she believes. It wasnt an emergency exit, it was just an exit. The theatre should not be required to pay a security guard. If you dont feel safe, dont go in. To the guy going after WB, good luck, its not the movies or production fault for what happened. How are you suing the Dr? None of that info has been released. Just because you think he should be on meds? You people are too eager to SUE, Why not grieve the loss of life and remember them, rather than worry about the money you can get out of these rediculious lawsuits.

817 days ago


Basically your turning a tragedy into your personal Pay day. It's sick, I hate our justice system some days, because I know how this will end. You know, lets just sue his mother for not aborting him. You see how this SUE happy nation is completely ridiculous.

817 days ago

Jer Kole    

All the law suits in the world aren't going to bring them back and a door alarm likely wouldn't have stopped it either. Sue happy people, that's as bad as the murders. Deal with your grief and stopped trying to make a buck.

817 days ago


Warner Brothers? Why would you sue WB? What possible negligence would they have?

817 days ago


Once again, let's profit off of our child's death. Classic American story. Everyone sues. No one works for anything anymore. Everyone wants an easy come up! Didn't the theater already offer to pay everyone's doctors bills? Poor theater company.

817 days ago


She should also so the CO AG for having too strict a laws regarding CCW and maybe sue the Astrological society because the stars did not for tell this event and maybe she should sue the mail man for delivering the ammo that Holmes ordered over the internet....come to think of it she should sue AL gore because he invented the internet so he claims. Maybe she should sue the car manufacturer of the car Holmes drove because if he had no car he might not have been able to get to the theatre that night . But the worst of all the vilians is the Bank who supplied the money who was bailed out by the Feds who was ordered to by Obama...OMG this is all OBAMA's fault...she should sue him first as he is always saying, "the buck stops here and we are all in this together, sharing, eqaully. I'm moving to a small island with no electric so I can't ever have this happen or get sued....lighten up is tragic it is horrible but it is no ones fault but the guy who did it.

817 days ago

Jackie Y    

Omg...some people will do anything for money and/or fame. Suing the movie theater??? For what? Keeping their doors unlocked? Give me a break! This could have happened anywhere to anyone at any time!!!

817 days ago

Jackie Y    

Omg...some people will do anything for money and/or fame. Suing the movie theater??? For what? Keeping their doors unlocked? Give me a break! This could have happened anywhere to anyone at any time!!! Even if the door was alarmed, do you really think that would have stopped him? He was armed with a mess of guns and tear gas....pretty sure it would have resulted in the same outcome. This woman is only making a fool out of herself..

817 days ago

Common Sense    

If mommie had a problem with theater's security system, she shouldn't have allowed her 32 year old daughter to go to the midnight showing...or should have at least elected to go to a "safer" movie theater. sue yourself for not being wary. hindsight is 20/20.

817 days ago


Anyone who goes after Warner Bros is just looking for money and they are not grateful to be alive. It is pretty pathetic to use something as tragic as this as a means to make a few extra bucks. How the hell is Warner Bros responsible for any of this? I imagine that lawsuit will be dropped considering that idiot has NO case against them. Suing the theater is also stupid. Why would a movie theater need security? It is just a damn movie! All of these lawsuits to make money is just SAD SAD SAD.

817 days ago


You know what lady, I am sorry for your daughter who lost her life to this sensless tragedy but on the other hand, for this BS lawsuit with your BS lawyer ( who should be immediately dis-barred ) you deserve every bit of emotional pain and anguish you get and then look at my face and see me laugh and I hope you lose everything else in your life. You deserve it. Your daughter does not.

817 days ago


BTW - Emergency exit doors only have to be un-locked and marked but do not have to be alarmed. I think the theatre should sue the lady for getting pregnant in the first place and giving birth to her daughter because if she kept her legs closed then she would not have became pregnant and therefore not had a child which in turn would not have been there at the theatre to begin with. You have to fight stupidity with stupidity.

817 days ago


Money heals all wounds in America, doesn't it?

817 days ago
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