x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Christian Bale visits Colorado theatre shooting victims

The star of The Dark Knight Rises spends time with injured at hospital before visiting shrine near cinema.

On Tuesday, the Batman star Christian Bale visited survivors of the Colorado cinema shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

He also stopped by a makeshift memorial to the victims near the movie theatre that was showing The Dark Knight Rises when the attack took place.

Carey Rottman, one of those injured in Friday's shooting, posted two photos of himself with Bale on his Facebook page.

Bale thanked medical staff and police officers, shook hands with the victims and had his photo taken with them. An online campaign had urged Bale to visit the survivors of the shooting.

Bale, joined by his wife Sibi Blazic, also stopped by a growing memorial near the cinema and walked among the 12 crosses erected for each of the dead.

A Warner Bros spokeswoman said Bale was representing himself, not the movie studio.

Bale had previously issued a written statement saying: "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

The US President Barack Obama and members of the Denver Broncos football team have also made visits to the survivors in hospital.