Dark Knight Rises Massacre: Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims
Jul 25, 2012 02:00 PM EDT
Dark Knight's batman Christian Bale paid a visit to the victims and families of Friday's Colorado shootings, where James Egan Holmes opened fire during a midnight screening of the Dark Knight Rises killing 12 people and injuring 70.
The actor visited survivors in hospitals and took pictures with the injured but never-the-less excited fans. The 38-year-old actor thanked police and medical staff. Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at sister hospital Swedish Medical Center, told Access Hollywood, "He just said he wanted to come to thank all of us because he has been thinking about this. He knows the whole world has been thinking about this...He took it upon himself to come and thank us."
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The actor's visit was unexpected and unannounced. Warner Brothers released a statement, "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers," according the Huffington Post.
In a statement released Saturday, the actor said, "Words cannot express the horror that I feel...I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,"
At midnight last Friday, Holmes entered a packed Aurora movie house, where Dark Knight fans gathered to watch the screening of the highly anticipated movie. Holmes dressed as one of the movie villains Bane, sporadically shot at people in the packed room.
Colorado police arrested him later that morning and immediately took him into custody. Police found his apartment to be inundated with ammunition in addition to being booby trapped.
Holmes faced his first day in court on Monday. There are chances that prosecutors, attorney Carol Chambers, will seek the death penalty. The case might take as long as a year.
Pictures of the actors visit can be seen on the Facebook page of one the victims who Bale visited, Carey Rottman.