LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – An Aurora, Colorado Batman shooting 2012 today has killed and injured Dark Knight Rises movie patrons. Police in the Aurora, Colorado Century 16 shooting investigation are reporting to news that fifteen patrons are dead, and fifty persons are injured. Multiple persons remain in critical condition, in OR, at local hospitals this morning. The suspect is in custody. As of 5 AM PST, this is the latest on the deadly shooting.
Hundreds of patrons attended the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado last night to see the Dark Knight Rises premiere. Many movie patrons were dressed up in custom. Witnesses tell news that during one action sequence of the film a 24 year old white male entered the room from an emergency exit. Police have yet to indicate how the suspect was able to enter from that exit. One witness told local news that he doesn’t like to go this Century 16 referring to previous bad experiences he had with the facility.
The white male reportedly entered the room dressed in what is being described to news as riot gear. He was wearing a helmet and brandishing as many as three fire arms including a rifle. But witnesses first heard and saw tear gas erupt.
Conflicting witnesses report describe the gas. Some witnesses tell news that they saw something similar to a canister sending gas into the theatre. Others call the situation a smoke bomb attack, claiming that they saw the suspect toss a smoke device across the screen while the movie was rolling.
Then, for unexplained reason, the suspect began to open fire. Police tell news that ten victims were dead at the scene. Five patrons died at local area hospitals. Fifty patrons are currently injured. Some of the victims are as young as six years old.
Thereafter, police arrested the 24 year old male white suspect in the theatre’s parking lot. Robots were used to examine his vehicle. Robots and bomb sniffing dogs were thereafter used to examine his local apartment. Police tell news that the suspect had Tennessee license plates. Police tell news that the suspect had three weapons with him inside the theatre, a rifle and two handguns.
The President was informed of the attack within the hour. He issued the following statement to news: “We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family.”
The violence erupted shortly after 12:30 AM MDT inside the theatre. A news conference is scheduled for 11 am EST. But police earlier this morning briefed local news. “Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.
Oates also told news “A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside” the victim’s car. The suspect’s name has not been released. UPDATE 5:02 AM PST: The death toll has been reduced from 15 to 12 individuals. For continuing coverage on the Aurora shooting, click HERE.