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Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater


Dark Knight Rises Shooting Aurora Colorado Theater - H 2012A masked gunman shot dead 13 people and wounded dozens more at a screening of new Batman movieThe Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., police said Friday morning.

NBC station 9 News in Colorado reported at around 2am PT Friday that the suspect was in police custody. Police confirmed that later as reports emerged that the suspect was in his early 20s, possibly 24.A police representative said in a press conference picked up by various news networks that around 50 were at local hospitals with injuries. Reuters, citing local radio station KOA, had said 10 were killed at the scene. Others died at local hospitals. Sky News in the U.K. reported that one of the casualties was a six-year-old child.
The suspect wore a gas mask - similar to the film's villain Bane - and opened fire at the movie theater in a mall in the Denver suburb of Aurora, various news sources reported. He also set off a smoke or tear gas bomb, according to some reports. ABC reported that the suspect's name is James Holmes.
The screening was reportedly a midnight showing of the highly anticipated movie, which wraps upChristopher Nolan's Batman's trilogy for Warner Bros. The gunman walked in via an emergency exit early in the movie, reports said.
Representatives for Warner Bros. and corporate parent Time Warner couldn't immediately be reached.
The police said the suspect carried a rifle, a handgun and at least one more weapon. They were searching the area around the theater, particularly a parking garage, for possible bombs. Police also said that the suspect told them he had explosives in his home, which they were planning to search.
Sky News interviewed an eyewitness who said the suspect wore a black jacket, some body armor, "walked in pretty casually" and spread tear gas before starting to shoot at the audience, which included children.
A KOA representative told Sky News in the U.K. that the audience at the Century Aurora Theatre in Aurora at first "thought the gunshots were part of the movie."
Initial reports mentioned a possible second attacker, but police said the gunman walked into one screening room, with damage also hitting an adjacent screening room.
The FBI reportedly is part of the investigation, but officials did not mention any possible terrorism connection.

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