24 year-old James Holmes opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater. At least 12 people were killed and up to 50 injured.
(CNN) — A heavily armed gunman tossed tear gas into the darkness of an Aurora, Colorado movie theater Friday and then sprayed the audience with gunfire during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, killing 12 and wounding 38 others, authorities said.
One of the injured was just 3 months old, according to hospital workers.
Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN. The suspect was not immediately identified. Police said he was a man in his 20s from Aurora.
“He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said.
A suspect is in custody, Oates told reporters. “We don’t have any evidence of a second gunman,” he said.
CNN had this cell phone footage of the aftermath:
The 3 month old is reportedly OK. [Note: The Telegraph story linked below indicates that baby might not be OK.]
You can watch a live stream from KUSA here.
ABC initially tried to tie Holmes to the Colorado Tea Party. There’s no confirmation that the Jim Holmes they found is the same person, nor would it matter much in this case even if it was the same person. This hardly seems like an ideologically driven action. Brietbart has substantially more documentation (though not validated) that he’s a registered Democrat, though like the potential Tea Party affiliation that doesn’t seem particulary relevant to this shooting. [Note: The Brietbart story has now changed, and it appears that Holmes may not be a registered voter.] Jim Hoft is reporting that Holmes was a medial student at University of Colorado Medical School, but withdrew last month. ABC has retracted the Tea Party assertion, and admitted that it was incorrect.
Twitchy has details on the death of Jessica Ghawi, who escaped a mass shooting in Toronto in June, but wasn’t so lucky a second time. Also here’s a Reddit picture from one of the 50 victims at the ER.
Update (7:00PM Eastern): The Telegraph as a pretty detailed rundown on the current state of the story, and Batman director Christopher Nolan has issued a statement.