In the latest incident of nerd-related violence, one Jared M. Gurman of Williston Park, Long Island, shot his girlfriend Jessica Gelderman with a .22 caliber, semiautomatic rifle after an argument stemming from a premise related to the zombie-drama The Walking Dead.
“I just know that he felt very adamant that there could be some type of military mishap that would result in some sort of virus or something being released that could cause terrible things to happen,” said Detective Lieutenant Raymond Cote in a statement.
After the initial fight, Gelderman decided to walk it off, but the argument continued via text message. When the victim returned home, she found boyfriend Gurman ready for her – with a gun – to continue the argument. Gelderman tried to calm Gurman down, but since he was clearly disturbed and heavily armed, she ended up getting shot once through her lung and diaphragm and shattering her ribs.
“Jess walked into the room and I fired the gun once and hit her,” explained Gurman later. “She said, ‘Oh my God. What did you do?'”
Achieving sanity long enough, Gurman got Gelderman to a hospital and was then arrested on one charge of second degree attempted murder. Despite his lawyer’s argument that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that the gun went off “accidentally,” Gurman is now being held without bail, and Gelderman is recuperating in hospital.
So the lesson of the day kids is to keep nerd rage where it belongs: on the internet. Where it can’t hurt anyone. In a way other than emotional that is.
In those moments after the panic but within the pain we search for answers. Suddenly we think more guns would have been the solution, or we imagine that security guards within every theater would have thwarted a true life villain that was hell-bent on human destruction.
There is no solace or remedy because that which has been done cannot be undone but these thoughts sometimes help. Someone has pierced our world with their actions and momentarily robbed us of our innocence. It has happened before, it will happen again, and as we sit red eyed and stunned, watching over and over again, as the same horrific headlines flash across the screen, we need to not forget about dreams, fantasies, and escapism.
Yes we need time to grieve but we should also, perhaps, have hope for a calmer day and a rescue from the horror show — that hope is something of value and that rescue is something worth seeking.
I’ve seen a few people say today that they’re going to stay clear of theaters for a little while, that they’re going to avoid them when they are at their busiest. I don’t blame them and if that gives them comfort, if that gives them a sense of security, then I urge them to follow through on that, but I went to see The Dark Knight Rises this morning and I’ll go see another movie tonight or tomorrow. I do this because it is what I need to get through this heartbreaking moment and no one is going to take that from me.
Life is terrifying at times and it is also rapid and painful — sometimes we need a time out, and that’s what movies are. They’re magical not just because of what they can take us away from but for where they can take us away too. Right now I think we need to mix in a little fantasy with the hard truth of this moment.
A night of fun and escapism has turned tragic in Aurora, Colorado. According to the Associated Press a 24 year old man walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises this morning, set off a smoke bomb that had some people thinking that it was a special effect and began to open fire. 12 are dead and 59 are injured.
Federal authorities have identified the suspect as James Holmes, an Aurora resident. Little is known about the suspect or his motives but officials are saying that there is no indication that this attack is connected to any terrorist organization or plot. Authorities are saying that this is the worst shooting in the state of Colorado since the infamous 1999 High School shooting in Columbine.
Directly from the AP report: “I told my friend ‘we’ve got to get out of here,’ but then he shot people trying to go out the exits,” Jennifer Seeger told NBC’s Today. She said the shooter made his way up the aisle, firing as he went, saying nothing.
Holmes was detained outside the theater following the attack. Police say he did not resist. A gas mask, a rifle, a handgun, and another weapon were found. He reportedly mentioned something about explosives after he was detained and a bomb squad truck was seen outside of an apartment complex in Aurora. CNN is reporting that “items of interest” were found in the attackers home. We will update this story as details come in.
It is not yet known if James Holmes is insane or evil. What we do know is that as millions of people gathered around the country to press pause on their problems and fall into a movie and a fantasy with a character adored by children and adults alike, something happened in Colorado that was shockingly real and painfully tragic, something that will weigh heavily on our minds for quite some time. We take these things lightly in fiction but this is not fiction.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire NerdBastards staff go out to the wounded and the families of those slain and those affected by this. Our thanks also go out to the heroic first responders whose actions during the evacuation of the theater likely saved countless lives.
Update: The number of people injured now stands at 59. According to the Aurora Police (via The AP) the suspect, James Holmes, entered the theater at approximately 12:38 AM with a bulletproof vest, helmet, and a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.
Sources: EW via the AP, CNN