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50 people hurt, 12 dead in movie theater mass shooting while watching Dark Knight Rises

Mayor says Aurora is a safe city and that the shooter can't take away the freedom to carry a gun.

The new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises premiered nationwide at midnight.

The new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises premiered nationwide at midnight.

12 are confirmed dead and 50 injured in Aurora, CO in the deadliest shooting since the Fort Hood massacre.

Click to hear Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper thoughts on the shooting.

The gunman a is 24 year old James Holmes, a former medical school student at the University of Colorado who was in the process of dropping out of his medical program.

Holmes imitated a scene from a Batman comic book during the shooting.

KUSA says that Holmes kicked in a locked emergency door at the theater and threw in a type of smoke bomb and then opened fire on fleeing moviegoers that were there to watch The Dark Knight Rises.

The shooting bears strong resemblances to the 1999 Columbine school shooting where 12 students and 1 teacher were killed by two armed teenage gunmen.

Police are still trying to enter Holmes’ apartment which is booby trapped. Buildings surrounding it have been evacuated.

Colorado has some of the most lenient gun laws in the United States and was home to the horrific Columbine school shootings in 1999 where 12 students and 1 teacher were killed by two teenage gunmen.

Listen to live scanner updates here.

The Dark Knight Rises is rated PG 13 but includes violent imagery

Bodies are still lying in the movie theater as authorities investigate and grieving parents attempt to mourn their lost ones.

Holmes was armed with a rifle and handguns and wore a bulletproof vest when confronted and nabbed by police in the theater parking lot.

Police say some guns may have been placed by Holmes ahead of time inside the theater.

Are you at the scene? Comment below and share.

A Facebook poster stated:

“We were 20 min into the movie when the fire alarms started going off. We thought it was a prank. Then emergency intercom came on say there was a situation and we need to evacuate immediately. Next thing we know there was a police officer was outside the emergency exit with a shotgun yelling at us to run as far away from the theater as possible. We run out. There were people covered with blood every where with what looked like bullet wounds. Kids were crying . It was a terrible scene. Talked to some people, they are saying a man came into one of the theaters threw an explosive device and started shooting. Keep them in your prayers”

Video from the scene:


2 comments

  1. Anonymous  July 20, 2012 at 4:34 am

    What does Colorado having the most lenient gun laws have to do in direct correlation to Columbine? Love how the author squeezes that in. Chicago + Most Harsh Gun Laws = worst crime/city….wait this does not compute.

    It is horrible what has happened here but please let’s not start yet another more guns equals more crime debate.

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  2. Sam J.  July 20, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Kill all leftist and all gang members!!!!

    Reply

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