Today, we have the misfortune of bringing you some very sad news. A massive shooting occurred at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado last night, with at least 12 people dead and about 50 injured.
The Century Aurora 16 Movie Theater was packed and sold out when, according to various reports, a masked gunman walked through the emergency exit doors and threw tear gas into the crowd. People were initially confused, thinking this to be some sort of publicity stunt, but then the gunman started shooting into the crowd.
Witnesses claim that this occurred roughly about 30 minutes into the movie. It is believed that two gunmen were involved, although only one is in custody right now. He has been identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old local resident. Currently, the police are searching for a suspected bomb in his apartment.
Most of the people were able to escape by ducking and dragging themselves outside. A makeshift hospital was set up in the mall to treat the wounded quickly while others were taken to different hospitals in the area. Some claim that one child was supposedly shot point blank. Nothing is officially confirmed though.
The Dark Knight Rises was one of the most anticipated movies this year, and it’s terrible to head that something so joyous and happy could turn into something so cruel and tragic. As a result of the shooting, the Paris premiere of the movie as well as interviews with cast members have been cancelled.
A statement was issued by Warner Bros. soon after the news broke out:
“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
According to the city’s police commissioner Raymond Kelly, the New York Police Department will provide some extra coverage to theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises in order to protect against copycats and to reassure audience members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and those who are recovering. As always, we’ll keep you updated on the story.