As shock continues to pour in after the shootings at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, the film's composer, Hans Zimmer, expressed his grief and sorrow.
"We're all devastated by what's happened," the Oscar winner said Friday during an interview with Rolling Stone. "When we set up this interview, we didn't know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris [Nolan] ... but I didn't have the words. Suddenly, words become meaningless because it's so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word. It's just sad. Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we'd finished it and then this happened. I just feel so incredibly sad for these people."
Zimmer's heartfelt sentiments reflect the same sadness and devastation expressed by director Christopher Nolan.
"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," Nolan wrote in a statement. "I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."
Twelve people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of the shooting, with nearly 50 others wounded and receiving treatment at nearby Colorado hospitals.
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