AURORA, Colo. — Twelve people are dead and at least 71 were shot when a gunman opened fire inside a Aurora, Colo. movie theater early Friday morning.
The theater in a suburb about 10 miles outside of Denver was packed for an early morning showing of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Witnesses said they did not react immediately because they thought the event was part of the show.
Authorities reported getting the first 911 calls just after midnight.
Medical authorities said most victims have “blast” injuries.
They could not confirm if they were all gunshot wounds or from explosives as well.
There was much confusion overnight because victims were rushed to numerous Denver hospitals.
Police said the suspect, 24-year-old James E. Holmes, is in custody.
Authorities have not confirmed how the gunman entered the movie theater but witnesses said the gunman used a two smoke bombs or gas canisters before he opened fire on the crowd in the theater.
Police found the suspect in the theater and arrested him without incident.
They said the suspect had three guns and was wearing a gas mask, a bulletproof vest and other tactical gear.
Authorities said the suspect told them about a bomb in his apartment building.
The bomb squad immediately evacuated the apartment building and began searching for explosives and developing a plan to safely dismantle them.
Children are among the victims of this attack, including a 3-month-old baby who was treated and released from the hospital.
Many of the victims are critically injured, wounded from gunfire and chemical injuries.
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