There is one suspect in custody after 12 people were shot and killed at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. There were at least 50 people injured. The youngest of those injured is 3 months old. Early reports say this is the second highest mass casualty shooting by a single gunman in the history of the US. Certainly a tragic day here in Colorado. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all that are affected by this.
To all my friends and family, we are okay. Safe and sound and 3 boys oblivious to it all asleep upstairs as I type this. My husband and I had already seen The Dark Knight Rises the night before during a screening.
To find out more about the shooting please visit 9News.com and check their coverage of all the events. The suspect is in custody and 9News will have the latest info. You can follow them on twitter too. @9News
Talking to kids about this kind of tragedy can be hard. I know I’m not looking forward to telling my boys about this in a little bit. DenverParent.com has a wonderful and informative post on How to Talk to Your Kids About the Aurora Shooting. There is a lot of great information and links in that post. A must read.
I read/heard that there were kids in the theater. Young kids. There were kids as young as 3 months old injured in this. Another report said a 6 year old was there as well. As far as we can tell by news reports the 3 month old is fine. Update – the condition of the 6 year old is not known and Children’s Hospital will not confirm at this time. This was a midnight showing of a movie that is PG13. While I don’t agree with taking your kids to this, certainly they could not have predicted this tragedy. My prayers to those parents as well.
It’s now time for our community to band together and help the victims. If you have any information on charities helping with this or news stories reporting more info, please leave those links in the comments below. I do know the local blood banks are low on blood so donating today would be a great way to help.
Children’s Colorado has posted a tips article about how to talk to your kids about the Aurora movie theater shooting. The hospital also has set up a Family Support line (720-777-2300) to help families who need advice or help finding additional resources. The line will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and callers will be asked to provide their contact information. A behavioral health specialist will return their call within 24 hours.
Again, our hearts and thoughts are with those in Aurora today. I pray all of my readers and their families are safe and sound.