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Batman cinema victim wants death penalty for shooter
Batman cinema victim wants death penalty for shooter

A woman injured in the shooting rampage during a screening of a Batman movie in the US says the death sentence would be justified for the alleged gunman.

James Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.

Holmes faces two counts for each victim - murder with deliberation and murder with extreme indifference. Both carry a maximum death penalty upon conviction.

Carli Richards, who was in the Aurora cinema in Denver when a gunman walked in and opened fire, said that the alleged shooter should suffer death by firing squad.

TMZ reported that Ms Richards, who has multiple bullet wounds, said such a sentence "would be totally justified."

"Just injecting him is painless," Ms Richards, 22, told the website. "I had enough needles in me that night to know that a needle isn't that bad. I want him to see what it feels like ... I wish someone would shoot him and let him bleed out."

Ms Richards has taken to social networking site Instagram to show off the scars from her ordeal.

Bullet holes and grazes stretch from her shoulder down to her hips on one side of her body.

"I think I heard a weird popping noise and then a can or something came flying towards us. The girl next to me and I both swatted at it and it almost hit me in the face, it seemed," she said.

"In a split second, I recognized that it was tear gas, meaning that this was either a bad joke or it wasn’t a joke at all and either way, it is time to run."

Ms Richards and her boyfriend Chris Townson got out of the cinema quickly and it was not until she reached her car that she realised she had been shot.

"I got back to my little ER room and was told that I had gotten hit in my right arm, both of my legs, my chest, my back, and my butt."

The district attorney in charge of the case supports the death penalty but is yet to determine if she will pursue it for Holmes.