Tragedy struck at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado when a gunman opened fire inside the theater, killing 12 people and wounding several others. Eyewitnesses, family members, and even victims turned to social networks to share their stories and seek comfort from the community. Their accounts are heart-wrenching and often graphic.
Twitter captured the crime in real time as the ticket holders’ excitement about the film turned to fear, then grief. Many posted updates to reassure loved ones that they were safe. Mashable has a Storified version of the Twitter feed that includes commentary and photos from survivors of the tragedy.
Another alleged victim posted photographs of his bullet wound and bloody t-shirt on Reddit. The Reddit community responded with a mix of sympathy and curiosity about the extent of the man’s injuries. A Denver Health Medical Center employee offered to answer questions in the comments. Click here to take a look, but please note that the images may be too graphic for some readers.
On YouTube, two witnesses shared their accounts of what happened. A viewer responded in the comments, “I am so heart broken that this stuff is happening in America! Impressed with these young men! Very articulate!”
Unfortunately, the discussions on YouTube and other networks are virtual minefields of extreme political views and other insensitive remarks. This Tumblr blogger said it best:
Our sibling blog GalleyCat has information on where to send help to the victims and their families.