A six-foot tall man wearing all black busted threw the door. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
The 24 year-old suspect was arrested in the parking lot of the theater.
One suspect in custody after 14 people were shot and killed at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. (9 News)
A man wearing a gas mask opens fire on audience at screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” 14 people are dead and 50 are inujured.
A shooting at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado early today has left at least 14 people dead and at least 50 people injured, authorities confirmed.
Police now have apprehended a suspect who has been described as an adult male and have recovered a gun after the shooting at approximately 12:30 a.m. CT at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center in the Denver suburb.
Witnesses said that the man appeared at the front of the theater with a rifle, handgun and gas mask. Witnesses said that he then threw a canister that released some kind of gas, after which a hissing sound ensued. The gunman then opened fire on the crowd packed into the early morning screening of the film, according to people in the theater at the time.
An explosive device was also found inside the theater. Police are unsure of whether the device, which investigators are calling a bomb, was already in place or whether it was thrown into the crowd.
Ambulances rushed to the scene as audience members fled the theater. Aurora’s police chief said that he cannot elaborate on women or children injured or dead in the shooting.
Here’s video of the theater after the shooting.
Via 540 WFLA:
UPDATE: The 24 year-old shooter is James Holmes.
ABC News reported:
The suspect, James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, was caught by police in the parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, nine miles outside Denver, after police began receiving dozens of 911 calls at 12:39 a.m. MT. Police said the man appeared to have acted alone.
Witnesses in the movie theater said Holmes crashed into the auditorium through an emergency exit about 30 minutes into the film, set off a smoke bomb, and began shooting. Holmes stalked the aisles of the theater, shooting at random, as panicked movie-watchers in the packed auditorium tried to escape, witnesses said.
James Holmes, who was born December 13, 1987, was arrested in the parking lot of the Colorado theater, police said.
Photographer: KDVR, CNN
UPDATE: ABC’s Stephanopoulos and Ross blame the Tea Party.