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Horrific news out of Colorado. According to reports, a masked gunmen opened fired at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" this morning outside Denver, Colorado.
Just after 12:30 a.m. a gunmen, dressed in black and wearing a bulletproof vest, entered a theater at the Century 16 cinema in Aurora, Colorado. The suspect reportedly set off a tear gas bomb and opened fired into the crowd. Police say that 12 people were killed and 38 were wounded.
Police apprehended the suspect, who is in his early 20s, in the parking lot of the theater shortly after the incident. He had a knife, rifle and handgun in his possession.
President Obama has since released a statement regarding the shooting.
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
Huffington Post Denver has more information and witness accounts of the shooting.
UPDATE: Police have identified the gunman as 24-year-old James Holmes. Police are also reporting that the number of victims is 12, not 14, as originally stated.
UPDATE 2: The Paris premiere and red carpet for "The Dark Knight Rises" has been cancelled due to the Colorado shootings. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, has just released a statement regarding the incident:
"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"
UPDATE 3: Police say that 38 people were wounded at the screening, not 50, as originally reported.
UPDATE 4: There will be extra police presence at New York City screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises." According to police commissioner Ray Kelly, the extra security is being added "as a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado."
UPDATE 5: The Department of Homeland Security is currently aiding theater owners with security in the wake of this morning's tragedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they are assisting the National Association of Theater Owners with a list of security measures to ensure cinemas are properly secured. In a statement from NATO, the organization said that "We are grateful for the quick and effective response by police and emergency personnel. Guest safety is, and will continue to be a priority for theater owners."
UPDATE 6: Aurora Police Chief confirmed that 71 people were shot at the screening, not 38 as originally reported.
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