20 July 2012
One of Holmes’s neighbours, irritated by loud music blasting from his apartment, goes to his door and threatens to call the police. Holmes isn’t there, and the neighbour wisely decides not to open the door. If she had she could have triggered dozens of bombs.
The film begins. Holmes is already inside with the rest of the audience. He can still back out, drive home and leave the audience to enjoy an ordinary movie night, but chooses not to. From now on he’s committed to his carefully planned crime.
Holmes leaves the cinema, supposedly going outside to use his mobile phone. He’s actually gearing up, putting on his bulletproof gear and readying his weapons. He then returns to the cinema.
Holmes waits until a noisy action scene begins. While the cinema’s loudspeakers blast out the sound of blank bullets, he’s about to start firing dozens of real ones. Tossing two gas grenades into the cinema, he fires into the ceiling. Holmes then empties all six cartridges from his shotgun into the audience. Holmes switches to his semi- automatic rifle and continues firing.