‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Midnight Screening Shooting Leaves 12 Dead and 38 Injured

A masked gunman, now in custody, entered an Aurora, Colorado theater just after 12:30 AM, armed with a rifle, handgun, and tear gas.
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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Midnight Screening Shooting Leaves 12 Dead and 38 Injured

UPDATE: 7/20 12 PM PSTThe Aurora, Colorado Police Department held a press conference earlier today, where they revealed that 59 people were injured by the shooter, up from the previous total of 38. The authorities confirmed that 12 people died in the shooting, and that James Holmes, 24, is the suspect in custody. They would not release the names of the victims, since they are still identifying the bodies, 10 of which still remain in the theater.

It was also revealed that Holmes' apartment was booby-trapped with an array of incendiary devices, which may take days to disarm. Five adjacent apartment buildings have been evacuated. The police do not have a clear motive as to why he committed the shooting. He was dressed in full ballistic gear when he entered the theater, wearing a helmet, gas mask, vest, leggings, and a groin protector.

Original Story: A midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises ended in tragedy in Auroro, Colorado last night, when a masked gunman arrived, killing 12 people and injuring 38 more. Local police first received the 911 calls at 12:39 AM, responding "a minute or two later." The suspect is currently in custody. Here is the Aurora Police Department's official description of the horrific incident. We also have video taken outside the Century 16 movie theater, where the tragedy occurred. Be warned, there may gruesome images in the following video.

"Aurora Police are investigating a shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater, located at 14300 E Alameda Ave, involving approximately 50 victims with at least 12 confirmed dead. On July 20, 2012, at about 12:39 a.m., police received numerous calls of the shooting. Officers arrived on scene moments after the first calls and arrested one party at the rear of the theater.

Police were told the suspect "appeared" at the front of one of the theaters, threw some type of gas or explosive device and started shooting.

When the suspect was arrested, police recovered one rifle, one handgun and a gas mask. A third gun is still inside the theater. The suspect is an adult male Aurora resident in his early twenties. He offered no resistance when he was arrested. At this time, the police have no evidence that any additional suspects were involved other than the person arrested.

The Police Department can confirm that 12 persons are deceased, with the bodies of 10 victims still at the crime scene inside the theater. At least two more victims died at area hospitals. The Police Department previously released a preliminary number of 14 dead, but only 12 can be confirmed at this time. Approximately 50 total persons were shot, including the deceased.

Victims were transported to at least six area hospitals. Many were rushed immediately to hospitals in police cars by responding officers. The injured and dead include a wide age range. The conditions of the injured also vary, with some suffering very serious wounds.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this investigation. Officers and deputies responded from almost every local police and sheriffs' department in the metropolitan area.

Police are using Gateway High School, located at 1300 S. Sable Blvd., as a meeting location for family members seeking to reunite with loved ones.

Aurora Police will hold a press conference at approximately 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, to provide further information. The location will likely be outside the theater where the shooting occurred but the location may be changed."

Another report reveals the shooter is 24-year-old James Holmes. Police found several explosive devices inside his apartment, located five miles from the Century 16 theater where the massacre took place. Warner Bros. released the following statement about the incident.

"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."

President Barack Obama also responded to the tragedy with the following statement.

""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. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family."

We'll keep you posted with any further updates regarding this terrible event as soon as more information is released.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012.

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  • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

    @mcleve02 Across the nation

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    • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

      @2movieguys You worked at that movie theater?

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      • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

        @bawnian-dexeus where was that at?

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        • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

          @bawnian-dexeus Where did those incidents happen?

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          • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

            I read that least 3 other individuals were arrested by making threats of the same caliber as this incident

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            • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

              @steph-x Agreed. I hope he rots in jail and eventually in hell.

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              • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                @Brainiac we don't have gun control, I wish we did but we don't.

                In one year a lone up here in Canada, there are at least over %50 gun related attacks.

                It's sad that some people think that guns are cool, the reason Canada and England are stick on it is because, guns get people killed. I for one would like to see guns destroyed

                My heart and thoughts alone go out to the families for this horrible crime.

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                • escapist • 3 years ago

                  So sad, r.i.p to everyone. Reminds me of a story of 3 youths who dressed up like the guys from The Matrix and entered a cinema with guns, but they were caught before they could do any killings.

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                  • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                    It honestly hurts my heart; the theater is my home. This guys makes me feel so disgusted with humanity. Whatever punishment he gets is too good for him.

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                    • mka47 • 3 years ago

                      *sshole

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                      • redcameraman • 3 years ago

                        Why would some dumbass motherf*cker do something like that!?! >:-(

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                        • jimthar • 3 years ago

                          sickening. this motherf*cker should be killed 14 different ways for each of the lives he ended. if only that were possible.

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                          • buriblazing • 3 years ago

                            Batman does not suc*m to fear he fights it!

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                            • buriblazing • 3 years ago

                              Horrible tragedy but we will not give in to fear go out and live your lives

                              Rip to the family's victims.

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                              • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

                                @mosorwvlad -- I'd rather it be that then my initial impression. Based on your comment, I got the notion that you thought this was cool. Glad to know I was wrong.

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                                • diaigma • 3 years ago

                                  @thebd - I meant that on the extreme side, thanks to tweeter feeds I read from members of the the "far left." I have nothing against regulation, screeners, etc, knowing just how easy it is to stockpile in the four-corner states. I just know my circles will be all over this and I'm not especially thrilled to carry on the same arguments again. Having said that, I appreciate civil discussion any day. Thanks. :)

                                  And that was exactly my point. Generosity + PR = Good Business.

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                                  • rudy • 3 years ago

                                    He was probably standing his ground. -_-

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                                    • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

                                      I lived in Aurora, Colorado for about 10 years.! Sad News ..!! SFreaky thing is I worked at this theater back in 2000 - 2001..!!

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                                      • thebd • 3 years ago

                                        @TheFury ur right it is business, and it is good business to come out of this looking sympathetic to those affected by this incident. By contributing to funeral bills or raising some money for the victims WB would look good, making it a generous kind act and a good business decision too.

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                                        • thebd • 3 years ago

                                          @diaigma not to get at you cuz clearly TheFury already has it out for you, but i think to not discuss gun control in this situation would be a irresponsible. I mean this stuff doesn't happen in England and Canada, and it is cuz they have gun control. If guns weren't so easily accessible maybe this guy wouldn't have been able to walk into a theater with 4 guns.

                                          This is just crazy and appalling to think that people can do this sort of thing. it is a shame and so senseless. my heart and thoughts go out to those who were directly affected by this.

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