Federal law enforcement officials say the gas mask-wearing gunman who opened fire early Friday that left 12 dead and 59 injured Â in Colorado is James Holmes, a 24-year-old American. Its crazy what people do, please be safe.
The Hollywood ReporterÂ Â saysWarner Bros. has canceled its red carpet premiere tonight in Paris of Dark Knight RisesÂ and has issued this 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.
Here are more details about what happen!!! CBS reports “The violent and chaotic scene erupted about 12:30 a.m. local time as a gunman, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall where the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” was playing. Witnesses reported that the gunman entered the theater through an emergency exit door and threw a gas canister before opening fire.
“Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference.
Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said.
Officers found Holmes near a car behind the theater.Â A police spokesman, as saying the gunman “did not resist. He did not put up a fight.”Â Sources says police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, CNN reports.
PresidentÂ Obama says he is “shocked and saddened”Â by “horrific and tragic” Colorado shooting. The president, who spent the night in Florida while campaigning, was notified of the shootings at 5:26 a.m. ET by John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, according to the White House.
Aurora shooting witnesses describe panic, chaos
Police recovered four guns at the theater – one shotgun, two pistols and what is believed to be an assault rifle, a law enforcement source told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr. Authorities also recovered a gas mask.
Oates said there’s no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive. Federal law enforcement officials are being briefed on the attack, but at this point, there is no indication it is terrorism-related, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports.”
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