Absolutely horrifying news to report this morning: early this morning, at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, a gunman shot and killed
14 12 people and injured 50 more. A suspect, identified as a 24-year-old male, was apprehended in the theater parking lot and was taken into custody.
According to police, about 15 minutes after the lights went down in Century 16′s theater #9, a man, allegedly
dressed in a Batman costume and dressed in head-to-toe camo (according to a witness speaking to “The Today Show”), a bullet proof vest, and wearing a gas mask, entered the theater and set of tear gas bombs. He then opened fire into the crowd, with a six-year-old and a three-month-old amongst those who were hit. After the suspect was aprehended in the parking lot, police found he told police there were explosives in his car, but none were found; the suspect also told police about potential explosives at his apartment as well, so the building was evacuated as a precaution.
This is a shocking and utterly heartbreaking tragedy and our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the community of Aurora, Colorado. We’ll update this post as more information comes in. [Business Insider; HLNTV.com]
Update [8:15 a.m.]: The suspect has been identified as James Holmes. A woman claiming to be the suspect’s mother — who lives in San Diego — told ABC News, “You have the right person.” [ABC News]
Update [9:15 a.m.]: Warner Bros. has postponed the Paris premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and canceled media interviews with the director and cast. [The Atlantic Wire]
Update: [11:00 a.m.]: The Associated Press’s Twitter is reporting that the suspect’s apartment is booby-trapped and the area has been evacuated.
Update [11:55 a.m.]: Watch President Obama’s remarks on the shooting below:
Update [1:00 p.m.]: More about James Holmes (including a photo), who’s originally from San Diego, CA (where his parents still live) and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado-Denver, but dropped out in June. [Huffington Post]
Also maybe worth noting, a scene in a “Dark Knight Returns”graphic novel from 1997 depicts a man about to carry out a shooting in a movie theater. [Reuters]
One of the victims killed last night, Jessica Redfield, witnessed a shooting at a mall in Toronto only two months ago and blogged about the experience and how it made her think about how precious life is. So heartbreaking.