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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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61.

laffnbear    

Abetter suit might be the NRA for lobbying so hard and long to overthrow the assault weapon ban.

723 days ago
62.

Em    

The thing is it's the lawyers who are ambulance chasing here. They see big bucks in this tragedy so they immediately reach out to these victims and families.

723 days ago
63.

laffnbear    

If she doesn't sue how will she go on that cruise she has her heart set on?

723 days ago
64.

Steve    

They are running out of things to write about since they can't keep up with Justin Biebers Fisker.

723 days ago
65.

myopinion    

I understand this womans anger and wanting to sue someone for the loss of her daughter I don't think she will get much money if any. I believe there will be some changes to theater exit doors.

723 days ago
66.

Glenda     

What a shame that people feel compelled to sue this Theater even after they've offered to pay for the funerals. How on earth could they have foreseen that a person would go to great lengths to murder people trapped in an enclosed area. They shouldn't be suing them, they should be suing the Holmes family for raising a psychotic son.

723 days ago
67.

Nicole    

The money grab is disgusting. There is no expectation of that kind of security in a theater.

723 days ago
68.

pepper    

How about suing the actual shooter?

723 days ago
69.

tmzer    

I feel terrible for all the victims and their families and extend my condolenses. This is a senseless tragedy and I guess none of us know how they are feeling unless we are in their shoes. However, I strongly feel that the only person who should be punished here is the killer himself. Not the movie theatre and not Warner Bros. Anyone could have brought a gun in through the front door and started shooting. And Warner Bros. just made a movie, of which these people wanted to see. Take the offer of the movie theatre paying the funeral and concentrate on finding justice through the justice system. Again, by condolenses to the families of the victims.

723 days ago
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lisazthats me    

Greed rears its ugly head. Everything has a price doesn't it.

723 days ago
71.

BB not bb    

I think if they expect to be guarded by alarms, they have no business even going to the movies and the case should be dismissed with prejudice. It is just a frivolous spiteful lawsuit from bitter people looking to cash in on their own family's search for dark entertainment.


I really don't think it has anything to do with the movie at all or the theater either. They can't sue the shooter so they just go for the wealthy bystanders. That is a dirty cheap shot. If you are afraid of getting shot in public, don't go in public. Don't try to keep everyone else locked in prisoner so that if they want to use a rear exit an alarm goes off.


Going to the movies comes with a risk which they accepted when they bought the ticket. There is no implied guarantee of protection from crazed gunmen. It is a movie theater, not a prison camp.

723 days ago
72.

theyDIDwhat    

WOW! What a f*ckin' B*TCH!!!! Trying to make money off your daughters death. what a horrible mother and person.

723 days ago
73.

JMH23    

Let the sue happy people come forward now...no one can predict any of what happened. How many midnight premieres have occurred before this tragedy? Enough to think nothing bad would happen...

723 days ago
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BB not bb    

I happen to use the outside exits all the time and they are never alarmed and they are a great convenience when you want to leave quickly and not be trampled bye the rest of the people at the theater side doors. Now they want to ruin that convenience cause they lost a family member, well I say too bad, I don't feel like making you feel better by suffering for your loss.


They are mad at the world and acting crazy and that is tough on them. We don't need to adapt the whole movie theater layout just because it was the place somethign totally unrelated happened. Do they think there are going to be armed guards shooting suspects now when people go to the movies?

723 days ago
75.

mebrat24    

Sue the gun company,
they are the ones that made the guns. Smith and Wesson- get your lawyer ready.

723 days ago
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