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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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31.

Sandy    

It's the American way, sue everyone~ people think they are not really suing people but the insurance company~ but this won't bring her daughter back... plus, my god, parents didn't waste any time. Probably attorney's talking them into it, so they can have their "cut"! Integrity... a thing of the past.

725 days ago
32.

Liz    

I'm sorry for her loss but it's not the threatres fault. This is just opportunist money grubbging by her. Either that or her grief has caused her not to see the truth .. it's not the thratres fault

725 days ago
33.

LisaL    

What a load of crap. Seriously??? Since when does ANY movie theater exit door have a security guard or an alarm attached to it??
I'm sorry this woman's daughter died, but it's because of the PSYCHO that shot up the place, not the theaters fault.

725 days ago
34.

John11a2b    

All these people that want to sue just want money or they would sue the person that killed their loved one.

725 days ago
35.

Jody    

Yep, those emergency doors not having alarms on them is the families only hope for winning a lawsuit. No way a court will go along with their thought that security guards should have been posted at the doors. That is just ridiculous.

725 days ago
36.

Jeff Becker    

This is where the tragedy goes from sadness to patheic. The theater is not at fault! It would have made no difference if the theater exits had alarms. So what if the alarm went off, who is going to show up to check? A geeky pimply faced teenager? What's he going to do? Even if there was an armed security guard, he is no match for a psycho in full body armor using a weapon shooting 100 rounds per minute. Even is there were SWAT members suited up ready to go, the psycho would have already done damage by the time they made their way into the theater. With people stampeding out of the theater getting in quickly would have been extremely difficult. Lawyers lining up to make a few bucks on such a tragedy is disgusting! Families looking to blame the theater are just lashing out because it is too hard to believe that someone could be so evil. The fact is there is only one person to blame and that is Holmes.

725 days ago
37.

deanne    

wow--did they even have the funeral yet?

725 days ago
38.

Jayne    

Congratulations lady ... you have just cheapened your daughters life by sueing a company that could not have even contemplated this happening !

725 days ago
39.

DarkEydDeviL    

Following this logic, I think the theater should counter sue for the trauma they experienced by her daughter choosing to see the movie in their theater. If she didn't decide to go to the movies on opening night, she would still be alive. Obviously that's just as absurd as this lawsuit. The man is an uncaring, attention seeking, looney, evil, disgusting person. It is HIS fault... not stress, not pressure, not everyday problems, not the theater, or movie studio. It is HIS fault and he is a piece is s***.

725 days ago
40.

JesterNH    

Why is it the Theater's fault? So when my vehicle breaks down and makes me miss a work day do I sue the Manufacturer and the Engineers? Idiots..

725 days ago
41.

zelda    

Greedy American

725 days ago
42.

Anna    

That woman is a disgrace to all mothers, trying to cash in on the death of her daughter. She should be ashamed of herself. A movie theater can't stop crazy psychopaths from killing people, if they want to. Unfortunately, her daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's not the fault of the movie theater. That woman is disgracing her daughter's life and trying to profit off of her death.

725 days ago
43.

Anna    

That woman is a disgrace to all mothers, trying to cash in on the death of her daughter. She should be ashamed of herself. A movie theater can't stop crazy psychopaths from killing people, if they want to. Unfortunately, her daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's not the fault of the movie theater. That woman is disgracing her daughter's life and trying to profit off of her death.

725 days ago
44.

preferredpest@yahoo.com    

People make me sick, these victims are not even buried yet & the vultures already want money! If they really wanted to sue the theatre it should be over the fact they would not allow you to bring a gun in to protect yourself! Plus if people saw him prop the door open, then go out why not report it or go shut the door? Are they not responsible too? People in this country & sorry lawyers always want the money, I hope all the crap they buy with it gets stolen or burns, disgusting.

725 days ago
45.

naomi spiller    

Dont make me sick, how long has it been since this tragedy, if i lost a child, the last thing i would be thinking of is sueing, I would be in bed in a como. It is repulsive.

725 days ago
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