Mass Shooting in Colorado; Conflict Intensifies in Syria
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At least 12 people are dead and 38 wounded after a shooting this morning in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. We hear witnesses describe the scene, which has already set off debate about America's epidemic of gun violence. Also, international efforts to end Syria's civil war have reached a standstill, and tens of thousands are fleeing the country as fighting escalates from Damascus to international borders.
Banner image: Screen grab of the scene outside the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado after today's shooting.
71 Shot at Colorado Movie Complex ()
Cell phones recorded the sound of chaos as the man in the gas mask dropped what appeared to be tear gas and then opened fire in a movie theater showing the premier of the latest Batman film. Reporter Howard Pankratz of the Denver Post has an update on this breaking story.
Another Mass Shooting: Guns in America ()
At least 12 moviegoers are dead and 58 wounded after a gunman in a gas mask shot up the Batman premier at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The suspect, James Holmes, is 24 years old, said to have been a graduate student in neurosciences, and he left sophisticated booby traps in his apartment. We hear witnesses describe the scene, which has already set off debate about America's epidemic of gun violence. (We hear the voices of Shayla Roader and Jennifer Seeger on CBS News and Trey Fremon and Deshantay Harris recorded by NBC.)
- Gregg Lee Carter: Bryant University
- Richard Florida: University of Toronto, @Richard_Florida
- Michael Grunwald: Time magazine, @MikeGrunwald
Conflict Intensifies in Syria ()
Syria's national security chief today became the fourth official to die after Wednesday's rebel bombing of a high-level government meeting in the heart of Damascus. As many as 30,000 Syrians may have crossed into Lebanon in the past 48 hours. In Damascus, the bloodiest fighting yet is reported, as control of strategic neighborhoods appears to pass back and forth between rebels and government forces. Elsewhere, rebels claim to have seized border posts at crossings into Iraq and Turkey, while Syrian media claims the Army has taken them back. International efforts to end Syria's civil war have reached a standstill, and tens of thousands are fleeing the country as fighting escalates from Damascus to international borders. Will the Al-Assad dynasty come to an end? Will it resort to chemical weapons? What are the potential consequences for Middle East and US relations with Russia?
- Andrew Tabler: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, @andrewtabler
- Salman Shaikh: Brookings Doha Center, @Salman_Shaikh1
- Matthew Rojansky: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, @MatthewRojansky
- Radwan Ziadeh: Syrian National Council, @radwanziadeh
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