12 Dead and 50 Hurt in Colorado Theater Shooting

12 Dead and 50 Hurt in Colorado Theater Shooting

Aurora : CO : USA | Jul 20, 2012 at 4:56 AM PDT
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14 Dead in Colorado Theater Shooting

Update: The man suspected of killing 12 and wounding many more has now been identified as 24 year old James Holmes. The death toll has been changed to 12...however several of the wounded are still in critical condition.

The White House issued a statement saying that President Obama and Michelle are "shocked and saddened" by what has occurred. "As we do when confronted by moments of darkness, we must now come together as one American family."

A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest entered the Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises and started shooting. There are 14 confirmed dead with as many as 50 more hurt. The police captured a suspect in the theater's parking lot. A police spokesperson said that "he did not resist, he did not put up a fight." The gunman is believed to be in his early 20's. The apartment building that he lives in was also evacuated by the police after he had "made a statement about explosives."

Many moviegoers initially thought that it was just part of the movie. A witness inside the theater at the time said that "the shooting happened during a battle scene so it took some time to realize that it wasn't part of the special effects." Chris Jones was also inside the theater. He said that "everyone thought it was fireworks. The lights never came on. When the shooting cleared, we just ran. When we got outside it was chaos." Another witness said that the suspect kicked in an emergency exit, tossed in a smoke bomb and then walked in and started shooting.

The FBI has been called in to assist in the investigation.

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An early news report on the Century 16 theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado
LesMac is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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