Aurora Police have revised the number of dead in the movie theater shooting. They now say 12 people are dead. No. wounded remains at 50.
— KKTV 11 News (@kktv11news) July 20, 2012
The gunman open fired at the moviegoers attending a midnight show of the new Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises in the Colorado city of Aurora in the Denver suburbs. 12 person has been killed and 50 injured.
Colorado cinema shooter suspect named by FBI as James Holme.
The theater was packed with a lot of people, many of them young fans, at the time the shooting started, 9news reports.
Initial media reports suggested that two gunmen were involved in the rampage. But police later said there was only one person involved as far as they know. The gunman was carrying a rifle and a handgun at the time of his arrest, police said at a media conference. One suspect was taken into police custody.
Witnesses said the gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire and set off a type of smoke or tear gas bomb at the Century Theater in Aurora Mall near Denver, reported Xinhua citing a media report.
When a gunman opened fire at a cinema hall in Denver, it sounded like firecrackers, said a witness who added that someone later yelled “they’re shooting out here”.
Bejamin Fernandez, a witness, said he was watching the film when he heard a string of blasts. He said that people ran and there were gunshots as police shouted “Get down!”
He saw people falling, reported denverpost.com.
Salina Jordan, a 19-year-old, saw people hit.
She said one girl was struck on her cheek and others in the stomach.
It sounded like firecrackers until someone ran into Theater 8 yelling “they’re shooting out here!”, said Jordan.
The police rushed in, telling people to run out, she added.