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12 Dead And 50 Wounded At ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting In Colorado

UPDATE: Several sources say the death toll has increased to 15.

A masked gunman opened fire last night at the “Dark Knight Rises” midnight premiere in Aurora, Colorado, leaving 12 dead and 50 wounded. 10 people died at the theater, and 2 more died in local hospitals. CNN reports that the police apprehended the suspect in the parking lot, and he was was heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest. The shooter is reported to be a 24-year-old male named James Holmes.

This is a tragedy. Our hearts are with the families of all those involved.

The gunman is said to have entered the Century 16 Movie Theaters, where he proceeded to throw two canisters of gas. Members of the audience believed the event to be a stunt as part of the premiere, and remained calm until the canisters exploded with gas and he began to shoot. “He looked so calm when he did it,” one witness said. “It was, like, scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot.”

Police started receiving reports of gunshots just before 12:30 a.m., right as the film was starting. By 1:15 a.m. area hospitals were preparing for a mass casualty incident. Officers ran into the building, yelling for everyone to leave.

Contrary to some reports, the shooter was not in fact dressed as the movie villain, Bane, but was rather wearing a gas mask. A police spokesman confirmed to NBC’s “Today” that the man had a gas mask in his possession when he was caught.

The victims were fired at randomly, leaving a range of infants to adults dead on the scene. It has been confirmed that University Hospital was treating a young, 3-month-old baby. The rest of the victims were ranged from 6 to 31 years old.

President Obama, released the following this morning, “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.”

Warner Bros. has released the following statement, “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

This is a sad day, a tragic day, and one that will not be soon forgotten.



  • Jonathan Barkan

    My deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were needlessly murdered and my best wishes and hopes for speedy recoveries to all those who were injured. This is beyond surreal and such a tragedy.

  • John Marrone

    This takes my breath away. A six year old was shot? I took my six year old to see Spiderman and she was in happy bliss. To think of someone shooting someone like that…. I cant even breathe. Next person to walk up to me spewing stupid Batman crap in my face my want to watch my fist. Its comic books. Some people take this shit TOO serious and need to be corrected. My deepest condolences to the families. What an American nightmare.

  • Lonmonster

    This was devastating to wake up to this morning. It really makes me feel ill.

  • djblack1313

    same. i just woke up and learned about this. i feel like crying. kids and adults alike got shot/killed. my condolences to the victims and their family and friends. i also feel conflicted in that i DO like gun heavy movies sometimes yet i fucking hate guns.

  • John Marrone

    I shouldnt have said “people take comics too seriously”. That may be true in good fun – I dont know what this person’s motives were – I shouldnt have jumped to conclusions. My neighbor, who lives vicariously through super heroes, said to me this morning, “Someone should have called Batman” and I nearly yakked on him. SO I take back that portion of my comment. (agreed DJBlack – I own several machetes and a trusty old bat with nails for home protection. Ill take a couple of bullets and hack with keen defensiveness, instead of owning a gun)

  • foreverunderdog

    Me and my mates from across the pond were shocked and disturbed by what’s happened toady in America. Their are some sick people out there, real life monsters for sure! The shooter even said his name was ‘The Joker’ when caught, absolute nut job! Hearts and sorrows from the UK go out to anyone who suffered in this terrible happening.

  • I’ve been furious since 5 am. I am so sick of these mother fuckers and their mother fucking guns. I hold the NRA and all anti-gun reform politicians as responsible for this as the fucking shooter. There should be no access to these weapons. Not even for hunting. Fuck hunters. Go to the grocery store like the rest of us. I want to move to Canada.

    • Edo

      I’m glad there’s someone as pissed off about this as I am. I fucking hate these fucking idiots with their guns and the fucking idiots in the media. fans of this movie seriously need to back the fuck off

      • djblack1313

        Edo and TIm count me in too. i’m extremely pissed off!! what the fuck do people need 2000 guns & automatic weapons & tear gas etc. it’s fucking sickening. but the NRA has such a strangle hold on politicians that nothing will ever change.

  • pyrepunk

    It’s crazy how we can’t go to a fun midnight screening these days with out something horrible like this happening. Was shocked to see this on the news this morning, my thoughts are with everyone in CO affected by the incident…

  • GreenBasterd

    I was at a premier last night, cant imagine this happening. Some people are truly sick and twisted. kill the fucker. heart goes out to victims and their families.

  • ThunderDragoon

    My heart goes out to all of those who were killed and to all of the families. This is terrible.

  • Marty McFly

    OMG what the fuck is wrong with people? Why are people so insane?

  • Lonmonster

    There are reports of the shooter saying that he claimed to be “The Joker”. I am convinced, however, that someone started spreading that rumor and the media took it as truth, as a way to put blame on the film and comics.

  • m-m-m-MONSTER_KILL

    This is such a surreal thing to have happened. I couldn’t believe it (literally, I thought it was some kind of hoax) when I heard people talking about it at work yesterday morning. I live in Colorado, and for a lot of us here this is stirring up a lot of bad memories of what happened at Columbine High School here several years back. It’s just fucking unbelievable that someone would do something like this.

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