Mass-Shooting Kills 12, Wounds 59 At Colorado Movie Theater

By: CNN/CBS posted by Amanda Lanum Email
By: CNN/CBS posted by Amanda Lanum Email

AURORA, Col. (CNN) -- At least 12 people were killed and 59 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. Authorities revised the number of dead after earlier reports indicated 14 had perished.

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The heavily armed suspect, who was reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest, was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman told CNN. The suspect has been identified as James Holmes, 24.

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"He did not resist. He did not put up a fight," Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said.

Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman.

The mass shooting occurred during the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century Aurora 16 theater, police and witnesses said.

"We saw people running around and screaming," a man, who was not identified, told CNN affiliate KUSA.

He said there was confusion in the theater when the shooting began because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.

Oates said that the suspect used some sort of "smoke device" before opening fire in the theater.

Witnesses, however, told KUSA that the gunman kicked in an emergency exit door and threw a smoke bomb into the darkened theater before opening fire.

Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. All of the wounded suffered from gunshot wounds, which ranged from minor to critical, she said.

"They're arriving by police, by ambulance. Some are walking in," she said.

According to CBS Denver, "explosives were found in suspect’s home. There was no immediate word of any motive."

President Obama released a statement upon hearing about the shooting Friday morning. The president was informed about the shooting at 3:30 a.m.

"Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

Warner Bros. also released a statement, via Facebook:
"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

CNN Story: www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colorado-theater-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Denver CBS affiliate http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/07/20/police-up-to-20-injured-in-colo-mall-shooting/


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