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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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91.

Texas    

This is what is wrong with everything these days... getting a lawsuit to sue the theatre or the movie maker... that is just ridiculous.
These things are called ACCIDENTS…. Yes it sucks but the theatre nor the movie did anything wrong….. this was a crazy man.. the theatre was not in on it with him, nor did they help him go crazy and shoot all these innocent folks….They didn’t just allow him in with the guns attached to him….THAT would be reason to sue them for fault not the reason’s folks are looking at today.
He was crazy, it was an unfortunate accident. You can’t blame the makers of the movie… cause if you do then was your family member crazy for going to watch it….? They didn’t cause this person to do what he did… HE did what he did on his own.
STOP BEING SUE HAPPY PEOPLE and understand that the pain you are feeling, others are feeling, and I am sure that this theatre, as well as others NEVER expected this to take place…. NO ONE DID….
If you start suing these theatres or movie makers, we will start seeing only G movies…. And the theatres will start closing down because they will not have the funds to put in metal detectors or have the personnel to start going through your bags, and patting everyone down. The theatres that do have the funds to do that will get boycotted from you people that will not want to get their bags gone through or go through metal detectors as it will be the same as airports, people will find a reason to complain!

630 days ago
92.

devilgirl    

It is tragic her child was shot and killed, but honestly, this woman expects that there should be armed guards at movie theaters?

The sad fact, is people are shot and killed every single day. They could be walking down a street, so do you sue the street or the city? People are shot in their homes, in schools, in courtrooms? You can't keep crazy people from doing what they plan on doing. Are we now expected to have guards everywhere? And if those guards fail to stop everyone from being shot, do we then sue them?

630 days ago
93.

Chris    

You have got to be kidding me! How could anybody predict a madman would do this?! The only person to sue is the Psycho that did this. I wish I would be on the jury as the movie theater is not at fault at all and is also a victim of this psych. People try to profit of death..

630 days ago
94.

Flower    

Lady, the theater did not kill your son. An obviously deranged, drugged psycho killed your son. Leave it alone. Btw....if I was sitting in a movie theater watching a movie, and an alarm blared everytime an exit was opened, I'd be exquisitely pissed.

630 days ago
95.

devilgirl    

Oh yeah, and bitch, money isn't going to bring your daughter back!

630 days ago
96.

saicon    

If the city code doesn't require the door to be alarmed, then she has no grounds for suing. If anything, it's the high-powered lawyer whispering in her ear convincing her that this will never go to court, the theater group will settle, and he will get a big fat commission.

630 days ago
97.

Raquel    

Money doesn't restore human life. The event was tragic, but suing a theater that acts like basically every other theater in North America is ridiculous. Guards at every exit door would mean you paying more for movies. Stop living in a world of fear, and move forward.

630 days ago
98.

John    

Its a sad day in America were one more idiot will sue anyone with the deepest pockets thinking it will bring back her kid.

She has no case and only a s***bag fail lawyer would even try. If they get lucky and the jury buys the bull**** then they will just raise the cost of the tickets and put alarms on the door which everyone will bitch about every time someone opening the door..

630 days ago
99.

Lindy    

ll us she believes the theater's emergency exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them ..
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This is crazy and i hope she loses...

630 days ago
100.

donna    

maybe she should be mourning her daughter's death like a real mother would instead of looking for money why don't you wait a year or 2 or 3 bitch! your child has only been dead what? 10 days? some mother

630 days ago
101.

schoen1    

"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."

This is exactly what I said in a comment a few days ago.

630 days ago
102.

SheLovesFootball    

I dont think anyone could predict the behavior of a person with mental illness. There is no one to BLAME here.

630 days ago
103.

John_Dunkel    

Sure, sue the movie theatre not the killer. Because the killer is dirt poor. It is beyond me how mothers losing their child immediately become greedy for money.

630 days ago
104.

Bryon    

Money grubber. I have never once seen security guards in theaters. I bet the mother would have been the first to complain had an alarm gone off during a movie. This was a horrible thing that occurred but, it's NOT the fault of the theater...or Warner Bros...or the director of Batman! The mother of a 32 year old and someone who wasn't even grazed are NOT the real victims!

630 days ago
105.

John_Dunkel    

this is like the rarest thing in the world to happen. If she wins movie theaters would technically have to be prepared for other rare unexpected events, such as alien invasions.

630 days ago
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