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At least 14 people have been killed in a shooting at a Batman film premiere in the US city of Denver, police say.


About 50 people have been injured in the incident at the cinema complex in the suburb of Aurora.


Witnesses say a gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.


A man was arrested in a car park nearby in possession of a rifle and hand-gun. He told police that explosives were stored at his home.


Police chief Dan Oates told reporters that an apartment block in the north of Aurora had been evacuated as a consequence of that information.


More weapons may have been left in the cinema, he said.


'No terrorism link'


The incident at the Century 16 cinema complex began at approximately 00:30 local time (06:30 GMT).


"Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire," the police chief said.





An eyewitness said the man was dressed all in black wearing a riot helmet, bullet proof vest and goggles


"The shooting apparently went on for some time," he said.


Ten people were killed at the cinema and four others died later at hospital of their wounds, he said.


The FBI, which is working with the police, say there is no terrorism link so far in their investigations, ABC reports.


Many ambulances at the scene and the Swedish Medical Center, not the area's main hospital, told the BBC it had received several gunshot victims and expected more.


One witness said a man in a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet had been "slowly making his way up the stairs and just firing - picking random people".


An eyewitness told the BBC that about 30 or 40 minutes into the film a man came into the right-hand exit nearest the front row.


"I'm pretty sure wearing [a] mask. He fired a canister into the air - it could have been a smoke bomb or tear gas," the woman, identified only as Pam, told the BBC.


"It shot it right into the air, then I started to hear the bang, bang, bang of a gun.


"I crawled my way through the row, luckily the exit was close to where I was sitting so I got out pretty fast. I heard more shots as I left," she said.


A witness in the next-door theatre told 9News that when he heard loud bangs and a lot of smoke and initially thought they were live special effects put on by the cinema.


Projectiles came through the wall from the neighbouring screening, he said.



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This is sad news, especially as one of my longtime friends actually lives there in Aurora. At least this time they didn't blame Muslims (which they did originally with the Virginia Tech shootings about 5 years ago). Still, this is such a waste, as murder always is.

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Latest: 20 July 2012 Last updated at 16:40 GMT


Batman US cinema shooting: 12 dead in Colorado





Amateur video posted on YouTube is said to show the scene immediately after the shooting


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At least 12 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting at a midnight cinema showing of the new Batman film near Denver, Colorado.

Witnesses said a man wearing a gas mask opened fire after tossing a tear gas canister in the auditorium as movie-goers watched The Dark Knight Rises.

A 24-year-old former medical student was arrested in a car park nearby. He had a rifle, handgun and knife.

Another gun was recovered from the theatre, in the city of Aurora.

Police revised down the death toll from 14 earlier. They said about 50 people had been shot, including the deceased.

'Booby-trapped home'

FBI sources named the gunman as Aurora resident James Holmes, a white American. They said no terrorism link had been established.

_61717019_61708960.jpg James Holmes dropped out of the University of Colorado last month

Police said he had been a student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver until he dropped out last month.

US President Barack Obama has spoken of his shock at the incident, which began at about 00:30 local time (06:30 GMT) at the Century 16 cinema multiplex.

Acting on information from the suspect, the authorities said they had discovered his home in the north of Aurora was booby-trapped with flammable and explosive material.

The apartment complex was evacuated as FBI agents and police used a fire engine ladder to reach the property, and put a camera on the end of pole to look inside.

Police chief Dan Oates said the massacre was "a horrific event".

"The shooting apparently went on for some time," he added.

Witnesses said the gunman opened fire during an action scene in the summer blockbuster.

The gunman was described as wearing a bullet-proof vest and riot gear, an outfit similar to that of the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.




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There was chaos as movie-goers, some dressed in costume as heroes and villains, fled.

Ten people were killed at the cinema and two others died later in hospital of their wounds.

Many ambulances attended the scene.

About 50 people, some in a critical condition, were taken to four hospitals. Several victims were reportedly suffering from the effects of chemical exposure from the canister thrown by the gunman.

The casualties included a four-month-old baby, who was released from hospital after treatment, and a six-year-old child.

'Firing at random'

One witness said the gunman had been "slowly making his way up the stairs and just firing - picking random people".




Evan Dozier was in the cinema with his wife and children

Another witness, Chayyiel Jackson, told the BBC: "During the first action scene in the movie, on the right side a dude came in all blacked out, with a black mask. At first we thought it was part of the movie event.

"He threw tear gas across the crowd and after that people started to panic. He pulled out a rifle and started shooting.

"I was wondering if this was real life or a dream."

It is reported that some of the shots fired went through the wall and may have hit people in an adjacent auditorium.

Another eyewitness, identified only as Pam, told the BBC: "He fired a canister into the air. It shot it right into the air, then I started to hear the bang, bang, bang of a gun.

"I crawled my way through the row. Luckily the exit was close to where I was sitting so I got out pretty fast. I heard more shots as I left."Continue reading the main story

Colorado gun laws

  • Residents allowed to keep guns in homes, offices and vehicles, but can only carry them in public with a permit
  • There are no limits to how many guns can be bought a month, and the state permits sale of automatic weapons
  • No waiting period for buying a handgun, both state and federal state law requires criminal background checks
  • Since 1998 Columbine massacre, 20 miles from scene of Friday's shooting, it has become easier to buy guns in US - a national ban on assault weapons sale expired in 2004

Another eyewitness, Salina Jordan, 19, told the Denver Post she had seen one girl shot in the cheek, and a girl who appeared to be about nine years old with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

A witness in the next-door theatre told 9News he initially thought live special effects had been laid on by the cinema after hearing loud bangs and seeing smoke.

President Obama said in a statement that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were "shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting".

He added: "As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family."

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said his officers would patrol screenings of the film in that city to deter any copycat shootings.

Plans for Friday night's red carpet premiere of the film on the Champs-Elysees in Paris have been cancelled, while media interviews with its stars have been called off.





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That picture of him is almost scary, the way he is smirking and such. As for anything else, despite the press even going out of their way to admit that he's not a Muslim and he isn't affiliated with terrorism, sadly people around here don't buy it. I can't tell you how many people in the general vicinity of where I live think he has to be Muslim as in the belief of one person "only Muslims do this kind of stuff".


We know that's not the case of course. And I don't think there is anyone of any faith that isn't thinking about the people that have been hit by this tragedy. Whether you're Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, whatever...this is an abominable act that goes against Allah.

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I can't believe how any sane nation would allow the free sale of automatic weapons, and the possession of multiple guns.

Add to that promoting the culture of killing of humans in TV, movies and games, and you get a formula for a very weird and dangerous nation, where anything is possible, anytime of day or night.

Weirdos can emerge anywhere in the world, but only in the US that they find all tools and means for acts of mass killings.

Its about time the people of America have their say in how legislations are put together for a change, not the weapon industry or media lords.

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The FBI, which is working with the police, say there is no terrorism link so far in their investigations, ABC reports.


So its only terrorism if a Muslim does it? Their hypocrisy is sickening.

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That's what I mean. And that has fed into things. Even my mother came home from work last night (she works with construction contractors) and said several people said they felt it was actually done by the "dirty Muslims" (their words) and the government is covering it up for political correctness.


It makes me sick hearing that to be honest.

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