14 die in Colorado ‘Dark Knight’ shooting

AURORA, Colo. — A gunman opened fire early today at a suburban Denver movie theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.

The gunman, who is in custody, stood at the front of the theater and fired into the crowd about 12:30 a.m. MDT at a theater at a multiplex theater in a mall in Aurora.

“Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference.

Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said.

Officers found the gunman near a car behind the theater.

“A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside,” he said.

The suspect was taken into custody, but no name was released. Oates said there’s no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive.

The suspect spoke of “possible explosives in his residence. We are dealing with that potential threat,” Oates said, without providing details on where that was.

He said police also checked for explosives in the parking lot and at the Century 16 theater and secured those areas.

Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.

“Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming,” he told the station.

Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw “people hunched over leaving theater.”

The police chief said 10 victims died at the theater and four at area hospitals.

Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the shooting scene.

“We’re on standby to receive,” she said.

Aurora is located on the southeast outskirts of Denver, about 10 miles from downtown.

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AURORA, Colo. — As many as 20 people were injured when shooting erupted around midnight Thursday at a suburban Denver movie theater, police said.

(CNN reports 14 dead, 50 injured.)

The Aurora, Colo. police dispatch office said that there are fatalities but they don’t know how many.

Calls to police about the shooting started coming in about 12:30 a.m. Friday from a mall theater that was showing the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” the office said.

One person has been arrested but police did not have any other details.

“The scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time,” police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson said in a brief news release.

Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.

“Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming,” he told the station.

Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw “people hunched over leaving theater.”

Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the shooting scene.

“we’re on standby to receive,” she said. “Police said they could have as many as 20 or more (patients).”

Williams said she was told that “somebody opened fire with some sort of weapon during the “Dark Knight” movie.

Aurora is located on the outskirts of Denver, about 10 miles southeast of downtown.

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