The Associated Press is reporting that at least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded at a shooting at the Aurora Mall near Denver, Colorado early on Friday morning, during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." A suspect is currently in custody.
Aurora police tell us they recovered a rifle and 2 other guns, as well as a gasmask, from suspect...an adult male in his early 20's John Berman (@johnsberman) July 20, 2012
There are cops from denver, cenntenial, and aurora. Things are nuts right now. Isaac J Ramos (@IsaacJRamos) July 20, 2012
Police chief Dan Oates told the Associated Press that a gunman appeared in front of one of the Century 16 movie theaters in the suburban mall 10 miles southeast of Denver. He also said that "witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire." Police were first contacted around 12:30 a.m. on Friday during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
There was no immediate word of a motive. Witnesses say there was initial confusion when the shooting started during the action movie.
Have just evacuated our theater in Aurora. There was a shooting in our auditorium. I am safe Zach Eastman (@ZachEtake38) July 20, 2012
a bit shaken up at the moment. not gonna lie, that was extremely terrifying Zach Eastman (@ZachEtake38) July 20, 2012
Colorado based television station 9news is running live coverage of the scene in Aurora.