Dark Knight Rises Premiere Shooting Leaves 12 Dead in Colorado; James Holmes in Custody

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Tragedy struck the town of Aurora, Colorado early this morning, as a gunman opened fire at a movie theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

At the moment, 12 people are confirmed dead and 71 wounded as a result of the incident.

According to various witness accounts and police reports, the suspect tossed some kind of smoke bomb into the theater and opened fire in front of the screen. He was reportedly wearing a gas mask and a bullet proof vest and carrying at least a rifle and a handgun.

The unidentified, alleged murderer is in his early 20s, a police spokesman says, and did not put up a fight when apprehended.*

“We will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family,” said President Obama in a statement, adding:

“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,” said Obama, promising he would do everything in his power to bring those responsible to justice.

“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded."

Aurora is a Denver suburb and is approximately 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado, the site of the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999.

*UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as a 24-year old named James Holmes.

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Im not racist i hate everyone

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You are an idiot. no one cares about your opinion

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He killed people. That's it. He took innocent lives. He erased people's hopes, dreams, and futures. I don't care if he was white, black, Mexican, it doesn't matter. He killed people and for that he is a fucking monster. I am black and If he was I'd still feel the same way I do now. I don't care if he was black, if he took black lives or white lives or red lives, or green lives, he murdered people. There is no reason good enough for committing such an atrocity; not race, religion, or economic standing.

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all of these people have to bring racism into this tragady, why there was none. as far as what the media has called him, from what i have read it has been monster, madman, mudering bastard, and a few more.... if he would have been black we would have heard how poor black people have the right to act out against whity!! you all need to get a life. by the way this Monster was a whity and he killed 12 whities!

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@case closed...are you fucking stupid or just a racist? 1st of all why the hell is Rodney king even brought into this? He didn't kill 12 innocent people. He got beat to the brink of death but some white cops who asses should have been put in jail and left there. And FUCK James Holmes fucker. He kill 12 innocent people and deserve to burn on hell. What the fuck did a 6 year old ever do to him. If he had issues and wanted to kill someone then lock the door and pull the gun on himself. I have not even one OUNCE of pitty for that bastard. And this isn't a black white Mexican thing. This is about a fucking bastard who killed innocent people.

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My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. What a tragedy.
I don't care what is wrong with the shooter... It's hard for me to feel sorry for someone who took innocent lives. I know ppl. have problems but for God's sake..... why take others' lives? I just can't put it together...

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even with this tragic event whites are not the most violent. @Tim- you sound very racist to me. I am not sure why. you blame everyone. what color are you?

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Foo you think your better than me?You swear foo.White men control the news.They label people.They gotz to have power.When they loose it-bang bang.Foos like you shank their wife for life ins.

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Foo white men cook tweak.White chicks smoke the shit.You swear trying to sound suave.

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After reading all the comments, I am glad this person isn't of color! If it was a black man he'd be labelled as a thug. Hispanic he's an immigrant, Middle Eastern he's a terrorist... And so on. Its a sick thing that we do in this country. The fact that he's white means it's a medical condition. At the end of the day, people do stupid shit because they are evil individuals, not because of their race or color of skin! I hope this f-er pays for his crime, but I bet he'll end up in a crazy home... Sadly race does change peoples points of views and also the punishment one receives for crimes committed.

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White foos acting craze.Fry him.If it was up to white foos America have a national holiday celebrating the killing done by white foos.You foos are craze.