The Aurora Movie Theater Tragedy: Networks Announce Primetime News Coverage Plans
The broadcast networks are detailing their plans for evening news and primetime Friday coverage of the tragic shooting spree at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater that left 12 people dead and at least 38 others injured.
On ABC, Diane Sawyer will this evening anchor a special edition of ABC World News, with David Muir reporting live from the scene in Colorado. At 10 pm, Chris Cuomo will anchor a special live edition of 20/20, also from Aurora. Nightline, at 11:35 pm, will feature live team coverage from Colorado.
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley will broadcast live this evening, from Aurora, while a special 48 Hours: Tragedy in Aurora will replace regularly scheduled programming at 8 pm.
On NBC, Brian Williams will present Nightly News live from Aurora, while Ann Curry will anchor a special edition of Dateline at 9/8c.
The shooting happened at a midnight Thursday premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. The shooter, identified by police as James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, arrived at the theater toting at least four firearms — an “AK type” rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, says CNN. Holmes first lobbed a canister of tear gas through a rear exit door before entering, wearing a gas mask, and opening fire.
Holmes was arrested shortly after the massacre, without resisting.