Massacre … Mass Murder at Premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at Aurora, CO Movie Theater … 14 Dead, 50 Injured, Suspect Arrested (UPDATE: Suspects Name James Holmes, 12 Dead)
Mass murder in Aurora, CO at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center.
Movie goers went to the movies to escape reality to see the the much anticipated sequel in the Dark Knight series, instead tragedy struck. A gunman dressed in black, wearing a bullet proof vest, gas mask and possessed multiple firearms opened fire in the movie theater as the the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” began. Witnesses described the events that there was a shootout scene in the movie, then all hell broke loose. After releasing what was described as tear gas, the gunman opened fire on a frantic audience killing 14 and injuring at least 50 more people. The movie theater shooting victims are between the ages of 3 months old to adults. Sadly. many of the injured are in critical condition and the death toll could rise.
Cell Phone video of chaos after shooting
The shooting suspect was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater without a struggle. This same has not been released; however, he is said to be a 24 year old, white male. The gunman was reported to have had three guns. The police are searching the suspects home for explosives.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents have searched the suspect’s car and went to his home to search for explosives, agency spokesman Tom Mangan said. They also are conducting emergency traces on the weapons used to see how they were obtained, he said
Tragic account of incident including little girl shot dead
UPDATE I: Carnage in Colorado …
Witnesses said that the man appeared at the front of the theater with a rifle, handgun and gas mask. The man then threw a canister that released some kind of gas, after which a hissing sound ensued, and he then opened fire on the crowd packed into the early-morning screening of the film, according to people in the theater at the time.
“We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant,” witness Christ Jones told ABC’s Denver affiliate KMGH. “I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two.”
UPDATE II: Fox News has reported this morning that the suspects name under arrest in the mass shooting in Aurora, CO is James Holmes. Also reported at ABC News. More from WNCT, 24 year old James Holmes in custody.
AURORA, Colo. – Then man in custody for a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes.
Police say atleast 12 people are dead and 50 injured following the shooting in Aurora.
UPDATE III: The Death toll is being revised down to 12 victims.
A 24-year-old man in is custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to the suspect was being evacuated and searched for possible explosives, according to Police Chief Dan Oates.
Several federal sources identified the suspect as James Holmes, NBC reported.
Ten people died at the scene and four others died at hospitals.