by Scott Creighton
(H/T darkknightoracle from DarkKnightTruth)
A commenter here left a link and a video posting of an extended version of the Hardball interview with Aurora Massacre shooting witness Corbin Dates in which he makes a statement that supports what many have been saying about this case since day one: that the shooter seemed very comfortable with the attack. His description of the way the shooter moved when he entered the theater is extremely relevant for several reasons. One is that it shows he was not excited or enraged, that this was something he seemed very comfortable with. The other is it shows that he clearly wasn’t drugged to the gills as we know now James Holmes was when the police found him in his car.
Also, Dates can’t seem to put the person we all saw in the court room in that body armor the night of the shooting.
“DATES: The night in the theater, as soon as the door swung open and the person dressed all in black walked into the theater, this person had a stroll like he knew what was going on, like he knew what was supposed to happen, like it was supposed to be a walk in the park and that he was going to have a good time. That`s what it looked like.” Dates
I have often said that this operation was conducted on a very strict schedule. It was like they knew exactly how long it would take the Aurora police to respond to the call. The shooter was in and out just as the police arrived in the front of the theater, and he exited in time to drop off the gear and leave the area from the back.
During the attack, which coincided perfectly with a gunfight on screen so as to cover the sound of the gunshots in the other theaters, the shooter tossed the gas canisters and according to witnesses, waited for them to ignite prior to opening fire on the crowd. He then stayed exactly long enough to cause mass casualties then left out the back door knowing that the people would certainly not follow him in that direction. That is extreme discipline in a situation like this and I doubt a drugged out college student would have been able to maintain control while killing so many at point blank range.