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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
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dateline: 24 July 2012

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Gunman Terrorizes Moviegoers At Batman Film

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • terrorize: to fill with fear
  • screening: the showing of a film for an audience
  • canister: a metal container, often used for holding chemicals
  • booby trap: to set up an explosive device, an unsuspecting person may set it off
  • evacuate: to remove people from a dangerous area

Gunman Terrorizes Moviegoers at Batman Film

12 people are dead and 58 injured after a shooting at a Colorado . The shooting took place at a midnight opening screening of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises”. The gunman, whose hair was dyed bright red, wore a and bulletproof clothing. He set off gas canisters and shot directly at the moviegoers using a number of different guns until police officers arrived on the scene. James Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student, identified himself as “the Joker” when he was in the parking lot. The alleged killer’s apartment had been booby trapped with explosives and a . Police evacuated the surrounding and disabled the explosives.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the shooting take place?
  2. What did the alleged killer look like when he was captured?
  3. What did police find at James Holmes’ apartment?

Discussion Question: The Paris premiere and other screenings of “The Dark Knight” were cancelled after this shooting. What reasons would cinemas have for cancelling these screenings? Would you want to see this film after hearing this story?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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