A gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver theater at the opening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, according to local news station KUSA-TV.
The suspect, James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, was caught by police in the parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, nine miles outside Denver, after police began receiving dozens of 911 calls at 12:39 a.m. MT. Police said the man appeared to have acted alone.
Shocked eyewitnesses have spoken of their horror after a gunman opened fire at a midnight screening of the new Batman film and shot a three-month-old baby at point blank range, killing 14 and wounding at least 50 others.
“There is one suspect in custody after 12 people were shot and killed at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. There were at least 50 people injured, according to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. Oates says 10 died at the theater and two died at the area hospital.
The new Batman movie called “The Dark Knight Rises” was opening at the theater during the shooting.
Police say the suspect “appeared” at the front of one of the theaters, threw some type of gas or explosive device and started shooting. Police recovered a rifle, a handgun and a gas mask when they arrive on the scene. Another gun was discovered later inside the theater.
The suspect, after being captured by police, told authorities he had explosive materials in his apartment. The police went to his apartment building at East 17th Avenue and Peoria Street in Aurora and evacuated the building immediately as a precautionary measure.”
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