Theater shooting victim’s mother says she is ‘yet to file’ lawsuit

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Rebecca Wingo

Rebecca Wingo

AURORA, Colo. — Reports surfaced this week that the mother of one of the Aurora theater tragedy victims would sue the movie theater where her daughter and 11 others were killed on July 20. On Tuesday, she responded to those reports.

Shirley Wygal, the mother of slain 32-year-old Rebecca Wingo, released the following statement through Los Angeles publicist Jonathan Jaxson:

“Although I have obtained Keith Davidson as my legal counsel, I have yet to file a lawsuit. Pending further discovery into several concerns with the theater and the events that unfolded that night that took my daughters life, and several others, I will weigh my legal options.”

TMZ initially reported the lawsuit, citing sources who claimed Wygal “believes the theater’s exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them for a premiere as anticipated as ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’”

Police said suspected gunman James E. Holmes entered the midnight movie premiere armed and undetected from emergency exit doors in the front of the theater. Century 16 cinemas said the theater sometimes employed security guards to man the door, but chose not to have those guards on hand on the night of the attack.

Physically uninjured moviegoer Torrence Brown, Jr. remains the only individual pursuing legal action regarding the shooting. Brown is suing the movie theater along with Warner Bros. and Holmes’ doctors.

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