12 Dead, 50 Wounded, At Colorado Movie Theater Showing 'The Dark Knight Rises' At Midnight; Shooting Suspect In Custody

BREAKING… 4TH UPDATE: Local Aurora Police in Colorado just confirmed they have the shooting suspect in custody. Police now say 14 12 people were killed and more than 50 people have been wounded. They all were injured after a mass shooting at a suburban Colorado movie theater at the Aurora Town Center where The Dark Knight Rises was showing just after midnight. Local TV stations KUSA and KMGH said a lone gunman attired in protective gear opened fire with guns and teargas in the packed Century 16 Movie Theater, and moviegoers at first thought it was part of the film’s action sequences. One moviegoer told the TV anchor he heard “10 to 20 shots”. Some moviegoers are telling local TV stations about horrific details and bloody scenes inside Theater 9. Police told TV stations the shooting was first reported at 12:39 AM after the 24-year-old male shooter “just appeared” from the front of the theater. Then police arrived and found the suspect in the rear of the theater near where he’d parked his car. He didn’t resist arrest and had a rifle and two other guns when he was taken into custody.

Related: Aurora Police Department Describes ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting Events

There are many conflicting reports when it comes to actual confirmed events that occurred. It is a very real possibility this terrifying tragedy may affect The Dark Knight Rises‘ opening box office today and this weekend. “Not what you expect to happen when you’re waiting in line to go to the blockbuster film of the summer,” one local TV anchor told viewers not long after the shooting.

Related: Video From The Scene Of Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: Chaos And Panic

A local police press conference was held. TV stations report about 250 police converged on the theater area and calmed the chaotic situation. Now the FBI are on the scene, too. Aurora is about 9 miles from Denver.

Related: Aurora Police Department Describes ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting Events

The first post on this story was at 2 AM.

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