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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RIP. to the victims, in Colorado Shooting.I am sorry this movie had darkness and bad events surrounding it from the start.Keith Ledger dying who was a big role in the movie and Katie Holmes and a few other actors pulling out i believe, because of the energy of the film,i kid you not.I hope folks are starting to open their eyes to whats going on,May God find its way back into America and the hearts of the people.Stay safe everyone..

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So sad that this happened! On another note. I am not racist by no means but the way people are talking about it on here is rediculous. ok this guy was white so what! I bet he shot a couple of white people too it wasn't a race thing so drop it! When that black guy in Miami was eating that white guys face no one ever stopped to say it was cause he was racist! But the white cop that shot the black guy eating the face that was a totally different story! White people are always accused of being racist. we should have got past all this a long time ago. Obviously we haven't though. This is a very tragic thing and its rediculous that people would make it about race.

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Love has no limits.Respect breaks color lines.

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The good and light in this tragedy is seeing blacks and whites and browns help each other exit the theatre.Life is precious.Love each other and treat each other with respect.

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Reports say a 3month old baby was wounded.Wow.

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White men always do this crap.They are off in the head they got mad cow disease.

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His mom called into FOX and stated "You got the guy my son".This is bizzare.OMG.

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Let it go!!!!! Tim you made your case you make sense.The news reported James was never in the military and did indeed planned it out.

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@Tim: You don't understand. You don't get it. You fail to figure out what is important here and for that I can't say anymore. God Bless to the families and all affected.

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Let it go!!!!!!!! Readers know the racist on the site.Be respectful men.

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