The story was 2,000 miles away from Manhattan, but every afternoon newscast was locked into breaking news mode. Moviegoers gathered in Aurora, Colorado, outside of Denver for the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Suddenly, a shooter unleashes a barrage of shots, killing at least 12 people and wounding at least 50.
WNBC and WNBC blew out their regular newscasts for the special report.
WCBS/Channel 2 with anchors Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi focused the first half of the broadcast on the tragedy. But after quickly touching on another story (Newark fire), it was back to continuing coverage.
In what was a definite plus in the coverage of this heinous crime, CBS This Morning senior correspondent John Miller joined Morrison and Calvi at the desk. Miller, much like during 9/11 on ABC News, offered instant insight into the suspect.
In the four-minute segment, Miller opened with: “We are starting to learn things… He is not the typical profile of somebody you would think to be involved in something like this.”
The alleged gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes, was a PhD student at the University of Colorado. Reports say he recently withdrew from his neuroscience studies at the school.