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'Dark Knight Rises' Massacre

First Lawsuits Filed Against

Colorado Movie Theater

9/22/2012 4:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Three people wounded in the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting spree that left 12 dead have filed a civil lawsuit against the movie theater, claiming the door James Holmes used to get into the theater should have had an alarm.

Denise Traynom, Brandon Axelrod and Joshua Nowlan also claim the theater should have had extra security for the midnight showing and failed to help moviegoers evacuate the theater after the shooting.

Traynom was wounded in the rear end, Axelrod suffered bone injuries to his right knee and ankle, while Nowlan’s right arm was nearly severed by a bullet. Nowlan was also injured in his left leg.

They're seeking unspecified damages.

The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Colorado, came on the same day the theater announced plans to re-open in 2013.

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