Within an hour after the horrific and devestating 12:08am shooting at the Aurora, Colorado premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the number of mentions per minute on Twitter referring to the incident began to rise substantially. The figure below presents total minute-by-minute mentions of all related terms, and numbers at time of writing (at 10:15am EDT, 8:15am MDT) were hovering at around 3,000 mentions per minute:
Officials are still gathering information about the incident, and as the story grows, so too will public reaction and solidarity. Our hearts go out to the families and victims in this tragedy. Stay tuned for updates regarding the reaction from the social Web.