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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@Ra so color does not matter now but you wyatt and others trashed blacks prior on other comments.Color mattered then.Bunch of crap.

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@Tim: No, COLOR DOES NOT MATTER. 12 people dead. Thats what matters. This guy shot everyone. Did not care what color they were or how old. I said it before respect the people who lost their lives and their families. Its that simple.

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He came in from the exit door.A movie-goer talking on the phone opened the door to talk on the phone.His apt. is set with traps and chemicals.Sick sick man!

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Breaks my heart watching the witness who recount the horror.My eyes tear up.Several teen-agers and young adults.

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Lol @ sara4truth! HEATH ledger. Not keith ledger......

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But if the dude was black the racist people on here would be attacking his color.Bunch of crap.So now color dont matter.

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@lisa-You must be new.The reason folks mention color or race is due to the severe racism on the comment section of the site.

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who cares what color or size this asshole is! he shot and killed people that were waiting to see this movie! the families are not getting there loved ones back, children will not get there parents back, you all need to get over yourselves ! My thoughts and prayers go out to those familes! and i hope that scumbag gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law!

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@Jackie-some men have it in their DNA.Some do in a rage of anger.

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@Tim: I truly believe this had nothing to do with Rush. Now, Rush is conceited, yes, however, the families affected deserve our thoughts and prayers no matter what. God Bless.

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