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Batman star Christian Bale visits Denver shooting victims

Christian Bale and his wife Sibi visit a make shift memorial to the Aurora victims. Photo: APTN

Christian Bale, the star of the Batman films, has visited victims of the Aurora movie theatre shooting in Denver, Warner Brothers officials confirmed.

According to the Denver Post, an assistant for the executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications said: "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers."

Local news in Denver have been posting pictures of Bale with survivors from the shooting.

Bale visited with little advance warning and also stopped by a makeshift memorial to the victims near the movie theatre that was showing "The Dark Knight Rises" when the gunfire erupted.

The studio that made the Dark Knight Rises, is also to make a donation to the shooting victims of Friday's attack. The studio will not disclose the exact amount.

Sources have told FOX31 Denver that the Warner Bros chief executive also sent an email to employees encouraging them to donate personally.

Since the shootings, there has been a twenty five percent rise in gun sales in the state of Colorado. ITV News' Senior Political Correspondent Chris Ship reports from the US state.

Gun stores say the increase in sales is because the attack has made people think about protecting themselves.

Gun owners say if some of the cinemagoers had been armed, James Holmes would have been stopped before he took so many lives.