Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visits victims of Colorado shooting

The actor and his wife met patients and staff at the Aurora medical centre and paid their respects at a memorial to victims

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Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visits victims of Colorado shooting
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Batman star Christian Bale has paid a hospital visit to some of those injured in the Colorado shootings.

Accompanied by his wife Sibi Blazic, Bale spoke to victims of the tragedy and paramedics who were at the scene last Friday. 

Among those Bale met at the Medical Centre of Aurora were Carey Rottman, who was shot in the leg and rushed to hospital in a police car after a fellow cinemagoer applied a makeshift tourniquet to his wound.

Bale posed for photos with Mr Rottman and other patients in a visit that lasted two-and-a-half hours.

Bill Voloch, acting president of the hospital, said: "The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman.

"It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."

Bale's time was freed up after European press events to promote The Dark Knight Rises were cancelled following the shootings.

A Warner Bros spokesperson told The Denver Post the actor had made the visit on his own behalf: "Mr Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers".

After the shootings on Friday, Bale released a statement expressing his dismay at the tragedy. 

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," he said. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

Bale and his wife also visited a memorial to the dead outside the Century Theater at the Aurora Mall, where the shootings took place on Friday.

Twelve people were killed and 58 injured in the attack, which happened 30 minutes into a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

A gunman entered the cinema and began firing at members of the audience. James Holmes, 24, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with the shootings.

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