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.