Tradegy at a Aurora, Colorado Midnight Screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”

by Feeds of Today

“Numerous lives were taken and dozens were injured in a shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a movie theater outside Denver on Friday. The incident took place about 12:30 a.m. at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Police say 71 people were shot, twelve people were killed, ten of them at the theater. James Holmes, 24, was identified as the shooting suspect and arrested by police.”

“The gunman, who was wearing a gas mask, reportedly set off a smoke or tear gas bomb then walked up to the front of the screen in one of the theaters and opened fire. When the movie patrons realized the attack was real and not part of the movie, pandemonium erupted and they began to flee. The film continued to play on the screen as bloodied customers took refuge outside. According to witnesses on the scene, some of the bullets also went through the walls of an adjacent theater, injuring patrons.”

“Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates confirmed that the suspected shooter was James Eagan Holmes, who entered the theater during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” dressed in all black and with heavy body armor. He is believed to have used three weapons and had four with him in total. An assault rifle, a shotgun, and a .40-caliber Glock were found in the theater. Another handgun was found in Holmes’ car, which was parked at the back of the theater.

According to Oates, Holmes allegedly set off two devices to distract the crowd. The devices let out an “irritant or smoke.” He then started shooting. Some rounds, according to Oates, penetrated “into an adjoining theater” and hit one person.

The first call of a shooting came in 39 minutes after midnight, and police were on the scene between one and one-and-a-half minutes. Oates estimated 25 officers in total responded. Holmes was arrested in the back of the theater and “surrendered without any significant incident for our officers,” Oates said.

“We are not looking for any other suspects,” he said. “We are confident that he acted alone.”

Oates declined repeatedly to speculate on motive. He noted that Holmes had no prior criminal record, save a speeding ticket. He said the department had already conducted 200 interviews. He also said he could not answer a question about the legality of the weapons involved.

“I know we are working up the investigation of those weapons but I don’t know what their legal status is,” he said.

Jim Yacone of the FBI said the agency has about 100 people on scene working with local police to investigate the shooting. The FBI is working to look at links outside the state, he said. “At this point we do not see a nexus to terrorism,” he said, but it is being investigated.”

“President Barack Obama, who is in Palm Beach, Fla., was notified of the shooting by Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan at 5:26 a.m. ET. He released the following statement:

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. 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. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”

Timeline since:

Officials Name Alleged Suspect
Video: Chaos and Panic of Aftermath of Shooting
Police: What To Do If You Had Loved One In Theater
‘He Had A Gas Mask On, Kevlar And A Gun’
Death Toll Revised Down To 12
4 Guns Reportedly Found
Watch: Witness Account Of The Shooting
Romney Event Will ‘Go Ahead As Planned’
Shooting Suspect’s Apartment Reportedly ‘Booby Trapped’
Video: Another Witness Account of Attack
‘Dark Knight Rises’ Paris Premiere Cancelled
Suspect’s Mother: ‘You Have The Right Person’
Listen: Police Respond To Scene Of Shooting
Police: 38 Wounded In Shooting
Alleged Victim Posts Pictures Of Bloodied Shirt On Reddit
Report: Crowd Thought Smoke, Costume Were Part Of Show
Twitter Timeline: How News Of The Shooting Spread Online
Picture: Fire Truck Ladder At Suspect’s Apartment
Warner Bros Releases Condolence Statement
CNN: No Explosives Found At Suspect’s Apartment
NYPD To Beef Up Security At ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screenings In City
Red Cross Urges Area Residents To Update Social Media
Aurora PD Hotline
‘There Was Blood On The Stairs, And Smoke, And Everyone Was Crying’
Witness: ‘I Have Never Been More Scared’
Shooting Victim Narrowly Escaped Gun Violence In Mall Weeks Earlier
Gunman ‘Threw Tear Gas And Began Shooting’
Obama To Speak At 11.20 ET
What We Know About Shooting Suspect James Holmes
White House Press Sec: No Apparent Link To Terrorism
Obama Campaign Holding Negative Ads In Colorado Until Monday
Bloomberg: ‘Time For Candidates To Tell Us What They’ll Do About Guns’
Hollywood Reacts To Aurora Shootings
GOP Rep: Shootings Result Of ‘Ongoing Attacks On Judeo-Christian Beliefs’
Police: Suspect’s Apartment ‘Booby Trapped’
More: Explosives In Suspect’s Home ‘Very Sophisticated’
MSNBC: Suspect’s Apartment Building And Five Others Evacuated
Shooting Suspect Was Studying For PHD, Withdrew From Studies
Michael Moore: ‘Too Sad About This Recent Tragedy’
Pentagon: U.S. Service Members Apparently Among Casualties
Suspect’s Mother Given Police Protection
Suspect’s Family Issue Statement
Suspect’s Family ‘Very Upset’
Suspect’s Neighbor: ‘I’m Numb’
Victim Had Narrowly Escaped Mass Shooting Weeks Before
Obama Cancels Surrogate Event In New Hampshire
Blood Donations Required
Full Text Of Holmes Family Satement
Brady Campaign To Obama, Romney: “We Don’t Want Sympathy. We Want Action.”
Photo Reportedly Shows Shooting Suspect
Suspect Presented On ‘Psychiatric & Neurological Disorders’ For PHD
Details Of Service Members Wounded It Shootings
NRA Sends Out Unfortunate Message After Aurora Shooting
Cinemark ‘Deeply Saddened About This Tragic Incident’
AMC Releases Statement

Additional Details:

  • NY Police Commissioner said gunman told police he was The Joker
  • Shooter James Holmes, 24, dropped out from neuroscience PhD at University of Colorado in June
  • Holmes bought a movie ticket, entered with crowd and put on ballistic gear
  • Set off smoke bomb then fired indiscriminately with as many as four guns
  • 59 people injured including three-month-old baby and six-year-old
  • At least 12 dead with youngest victim just 12 years old
  • Aspiring sportscaster Jessica Ghawi among those killed
  • Shooter listened to one song on repeat before shooting
  • Questions over why young children and babies were at late-night screening
  • Man was arrested without incident in a car park nearby and told the police that explosives were stored at his home
  • Apartment block in north Aurora has been evacuated as police figure out how to disarm ‘sophisticated’ devices inside shooter’s home
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NewsFeed of Today Statement: We would also like to offer our condolences to those and their families who have been involved with this unfortunate tragedy. Furthermore, this incident is an act of violence, not politics, perhaps other media outlets could offer more respect to the deceased and not whoever is running for the next presidential election. There is a time and a place for everything.

Sources:
Colorado Shooting News Conference (Huffington Post)

Drop Out PhD Student Who Massacred 12 at Batman Movie Screening Looked Like and Said He Was the Joker (Daily Mail)

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