‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Midnight Screening Shooting Leaves 12 Dead and 38 Injured

A masked gunman, now in custody, entered an Aurora, Colorado theater just after 12:30 AM, armed with a rifle, handgun, and tear gas.

UPDATE: 7/20 12 PM PSTThe Aurora, Colorado Police Department held a press conference earlier today, where they revealed that 59 people were injured by the shooter, up from the previous total of 38. The authorities confirmed that 12 people died in the shooting, and that James Holmes, 24, is the suspect in custody. They would not release the names of the victims, since they are still identifying the bodies, 10 of which still remain in the theater.

It was also revealed that Holmes' apartment was booby-trapped with an array of incendiary devices, which may take days to disarm. Five adjacent apartment buildings have been evacuated. The police do not have a clear motive as to why he committed the shooting. He was dressed in full ballistic gear when he entered the theater, wearing a helmet, gas mask, vest, leggings, and a groin protector.

Original Story: A midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises ended in tragedy in Auroro, Colorado last night, when a masked gunman arrived, killing 12 people and injuring 38 more. Local police first received the 911 calls at 12:39 AM, responding "a minute or two later." The suspect is currently in custody. Here is the Aurora Police Department's official description of the horrific incident. We also have video taken outside the Century 16 movie theater, where the tragedy occurred. Be warned, there may gruesome images in the following video.

"Aurora Police are investigating a shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater, located at 14300 E Alameda Ave, involving approximately 50 victims with at least 12 confirmed dead. On July 20, 2012, at about 12:39 a.m., police received numerous calls of the shooting. Officers arrived on scene moments after the first calls and arrested one party at the rear of the theater.

Police were told the suspect "appeared" at the front of one of the theaters, threw some type of gas or explosive device and started shooting.

When the suspect was arrested, police recovered one rifle, one handgun and a gas mask. A third gun is still inside the theater. The suspect is an adult male Aurora resident in his early twenties. He offered no resistance when he was arrested. At this time, the police have no evidence that any additional suspects were involved other than the person arrested.

The Police Department can confirm that 12 persons are deceased, with the bodies of 10 victims still at the crime scene inside the theater. At least two more victims died at area hospitals. The Police Department previously released a preliminary number of 14 dead, but only 12 can be confirmed at this time. Approximately 50 total persons were shot, including the deceased.

Victims were transported to at least six area hospitals. Many were rushed immediately to hospitals in police cars by responding officers. The injured and dead include a wide age range. The conditions of the injured also vary, with some suffering very serious wounds.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this investigation. Officers and deputies responded from almost every local police and sheriffs' department in the metropolitan area.

Police are using Gateway High School, located at 1300 S. Sable Blvd., as a meeting location for family members seeking to reunite with loved ones.

Aurora Police will hold a press conference at approximately 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, to provide further information. The location will likely be outside the theater where the shooting occurred but the location may be changed."

Another report reveals the shooter is 24-year-old James Holmes. Police found several explosive devices inside his apartment, located five miles from the Century 16 theater where the massacre took place. Warner Bros. released the following statement about the incident.

"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."

President Barack Obama also responded to the tragedy with 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. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family."

We'll keep you posted with any further updates regarding this terrible event as soon as more information is released.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

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Comments (71)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 Across the nation

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Sean

    @2movieguys You worked at that movie theater?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag


    @bawnian-dexeus where was that at?

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  4. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Where did those incidents happen?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I read that least 3 other individuals were arrested by making threats of the same caliber as this incident

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Sean

    @steph-x Agreed. I hope he rots in jail and eventually in hell.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. WongFu

    @Brainiac we don't have gun control, I wish we did but we don't.

    In one year a lone up here in Canada, there are at least over %50 gun related attacks.

    It's sad that some people think that guns are cool, the reason Canada and England are stick on it is because, guns get people killed. I for one would like to see guns destroyed

    My heart and thoughts alone go out to the families for this horrible crime.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  8. Escapist

    So sad, r.i.p to everyone. Reminds me of a story of 3 youths who dressed up like the guys from The Matrix and entered a cinema with guns, but they were caught before they could do any killings.

    3 years agoby @escapistFlag

  9. ROFLitschristian

    It honestly hurts my heart; the theater is my home. This guys makes me feel so disgusted with humanity. Whatever punishment he gets is too good for him.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  10. Mka47


    3 years agoby @mka47Flag

  11. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Why would some dumbass motherf*cker do something like that!?! >:-(

    3 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  12. Jimthar

    sickening. this motherf*cker should be killed 14 different ways for each of the lives he ended. if only that were possible.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  13. Buriblazing

    Batman does not suc*m to fear he fights it!

    3 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  14. Buriblazing

    Horrible tragedy but we will not give in to fear go out and live your lives
    Rip to the family's victims.

    3 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @mosorwvlad -- I'd rather it be that then my initial impression. Based on your comment, I got the notion that you thought this was cool. Glad to know I was wrong.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. Diaigma

    @thebd - I meant that on the extreme side, thanks to tweeter feeds I read from members of the the "far left." I have nothing against regulation, screeners, etc, knowing just how easy it is to stockpile in the four-corner states. I just know my circles will be all over this and I'm not especially thrilled to carry on the same arguments again. Having said that, I appreciate civil discussion any day. Thanks. :)

    And that was exactly my point. Generosity + PR = Good Business.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  17. Rudy

    He was probably standing his ground. -_-

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  18. CelluloidDreams

    I lived in Aurora, Colorado for about 10 years.! Sad News ..!! SFreaky thing is I worked at this theater back in 2000 - 2001..!!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  19. Brainiac

    @TheFury ur right it is business, and it is good business to come out of this looking sympathetic to those affected by this incident. By contributing to funeral bills or raising some money for the victims WB would look good, making it a generous kind act and a good business decision too.

    3 years agoby @thebdFlag

  20. Brainiac

    @diaigma not to get at you cuz clearly TheFury already has it out for you, but i think to not discuss gun control in this situation would be a irresponsible. I mean this stuff doesn't happen in England and Canada, and it is cuz they have gun control. If guns weren't so easily accessible maybe this guy wouldn't have been able to walk into a theater with 4 guns.

    This is just crazy and appalling to think that people can do this sort of thing. it is a shame and so senseless. my heart and thoughts go out to those who were directly affected by this.

    3 years agoby @thebdFlag

  21. Diaigma

    @bawnian-dexeus - my sentiments precisely. Good for them.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Out of respect for those who were killed, injured or effected in any way by the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, we will only report grosses for The Dark Knight Rises in a brief manner when they are officially reported by Warner Brothers. We know that Warner Bros. needs to focus on more important matters right now, and we will not be the ones who pressure them with financial questions. We do not want to remove focus from what really matters in this situation: healing after a great national tragedy.

    - The Boxoffice Staff

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @diaigma He needs Bane level liberation

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. Diaigma

    @TheFury - there's obviously a difference of opinion here, you're initial comment on this thread showing concern only for the box office, so we'll leave it be. Generous notions apparently offend some people :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  25. TheFury

    @diaigma No, it would not be awesome. How the hell is that awesome? Please look it awesome and tell me how that would be awesome. It's stupid. It would be awesome if you donated a month's pay. Your an idiot. Bottom line.

    3 years agoby @TheFuryFlag

  26. Diaigma

    @TheFury - did I say WB, or Nolan, should do that? No. All I said was it would be awesome if they did. No one, not even me, is expecting that of them.

    And I'd rather be a moron than fly off the handle on someone for no good reason :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  27. TheFury

    Thanks to this *sshole shooter. I'm gonna miss out on Gangster Squad.

    3 years agoby @TheFuryFlag

  28. TheFury

    @diaigma Why should WB have to pay for this guy's actions? They should just send there condolences and that's it. I'm sorry, but this is a business and the show must go on. Send out some sorry for you losses and get back to work on productions. I'm glad that's you because your a f*cking moron.

    3 years agoby @TheFuryFlag

  29. Diaigma

    @justice-kowaleski - adding to that, if WB helped cover funeral costs, that would also be a generous and humane act. If I were Nolan, I would pull the funds from my own pocket, but that's me.

    This is terrible. For everyone. Everyone has something to lose here. Not only is there trauma to be had among the survivors, but those innocent few who died at the hands of a psychopath and every moviegoer in the country now nervous to visit a theater (here's to no "copycat" incidents). What's worst, it hasn't taken long at all for some on the "left" to use this tragedy as an opportunity to scream "gun control" and one media corespondent made the assumption that the shooter was a Tea Party member when it was later confirmed to be simply untrue. How about we focus on humanity and not our agendas for just one day, savvy?

    Having said that, our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  30. Superman81

    I doubt this will effect the box office. People want to see this movie and shouldn't let some thug ruin it for them.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

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