12 killed, 50 wounded at Aurora movie theater
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AURORA — About 50 people were shot — 12 fatally — early Friday when shots rang out at an Aurora movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie.

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.

Around 12:39 a.m., police received multiple reports of the shooting at the theater, located at 14300 E. Alameda Ave., and arrived at the theater minutes later, according to Aurora police.


Aurora Police responded to a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

say the suspect “appeared” at the front of one of the theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises.” Witnesses told The Post he entered through an emergency exit at the right front of the Theater 9.

The suspect then threw some type of explosive and started shooting into the packed theater.

The man had a rifle, a handgun and a gas mask when police arrested him. At this time, police have no evidence that there are any additional suspects involved in the shooting.

The bodies of the 10 people who died at the theater remain at the scene while police continue to investigate. Police previously stated that 14 people were killed.

After his arrest, the suspect made a statement about possible explosives in his residence.

Police have blocked off a three-block area around an apartment complex in north Aurora. Residents in the area said they were evacuated around 2 a.m. while police searched the third floor of the apartment building.

Sometime before 12:30 a.m., police received reports of gunshots at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center.

Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles were outside the mall, where three theaters were showing the film. Most of the wounded and killed were at Theater

Police have blocked off a three-block area around an apartment complex in north Aurora. (Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post)


Police from all over the metro area had been called to the scene.

Witnesses said gunman wore a gas mask and was clad in black.

“Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister.” Oates said. “They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire.”

A witness, Benjamin Fernandez, 30, said he was watching the movie when he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted ‘get down!”

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14300 East Alameda Ave. Aurora

Frenandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.

Salina Jordan, 19, was in Theater 8 and saw people hit in her theater. She said one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9 years old.

Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone ran into Theater 8 yelling “they’re shooting out here!”

The police came running in, telling people to run out. Some police were carrying or dragging bodies, she said.

Police set up a command post near the Dillards department store and were interviewing hundreds of possible witnesses. Many were taken by buses to Gateway High School for questioning.

Robert Jones, 28, was in Theater 9 when the shooting started.

Jones said when he first saw smoke billowing from the front of the theater, he thought it was a special effect. Shots rang out almost immediately after.

“I thought it was pretty much the end of the world,” Roberts said.


Brittany Diemer showed the ticket stub for the Dark Knight Rises Friday morning. She was in the theatre when a gunmen opened fire on moviegoers. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

stayed flat on the ground until police came into the theater.

Tammi Stevens said her son, 18-year-old Jacob Stevens, was inside Theater 9 when the shooting started. Stevens was waiting for her son at Gateway High School while police interviewed him.

Jacob told his mom that he saw a guy walk into the theater wearing body armor and throw some sort of cannister that then emitted some sort of gas.

“You let your kids go to a late night movie…you never think something like this would happen,” Stevens said.

President Obama was notified about the shooting by homeland security adviser John Brennan.

Obama said he is “shocked and saddened” by the “horrific and tragic” shooting, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement released this morning, Mitt Romney said that he was “deeply saddened” by the “senseless violence.”

The FBI is assisting in the investigation. Officers and deputies responded from almost every local police and sheriff’s department in the metro area.

The FBI said that there is no indication that the shooting has any connection to terrorism, the AP reported.

Victims have been transported to at least six hospitals. Several of them were rushed to hospitals in police cars. Ages of people injured and killed in the shooting vary.

Swedish Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Williams says two people injured at the theater have arrived at the hospital in critical condition. Officials with Children’s Hospital Colorado said six victims, ages 6 to 31 years old, have arrived at the hospital. Updates on their conditions were not available.

She says emergency workers said there could be several more patients.

Around 6:20 a.m., Denver Health Medical Center upgraded six patients from the shooting form critical to fair condition.

Aurora police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 303-627-3100.

Denver Post Staff Writer Kieran Nicholson and Michael Booth contributed to this report

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Aurora Police responded to a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

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