Just after midnight Rocky Mountain Time today, a man opened fire on crowd at the sold out Batman: The Dark Knight Rises at Aurora, Colorado’s Century Movie Theater 16 in Theater No. 9. A three-month-old baby was reportedly shot point blank along with numerous other children. The baby’s condition is not known. A White man wearing a gasmask discharged something in a canister, making a hissing noise. A 24 year-old-man is in custody. He and his car were found behind the theater. The latest count is 14 dead, with 50 wounded. A handgun and rifle were found in his car and he gave police reason to believe there may be explosives in his apartment, which is being searched at this time. Continual updates as available. Remember, many things about this report may/will change. The dead have been reduced down to 12.
Reports are that the man broke down an emergency exit door and came into the theater shooting after discharging the canister. An investigator is on Fox right now saying “bombs” were found. Early reports said more than one person was involved but at this time they have a 24 year old White man in custody. A heavy police presence was already at the theater when the shootings happened, due to the huge crowds expected. Ten people died at the scene and four others in hospital. Remember that these reports are early and things may change.
UPDATE 7-23-12 2:30 pm CDT: See the video of Holmes’ bizarre court appearance here.
UPDATE 7-22-12 2:30 pm CDT: Photos of the 12 persons who died at Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
UPDATE 7-22-12 2:30 pm CDT: All explosives and suspect items in Holmes apartment has been removed by authorities, taken to a field and detonated.
UPDATE 7-21-12 1:55 pm CDT: A list of victims has been published in the Aurora Sentinel, along with lastest information on woundings.
Ashley Moser, the mother of 6 year old victim Veronica Moser who was killed, was also wounded with a shot to the throat.
UPDATE 7-21-12 12:36 pm CDT: Within 10 minutes, police have said there will be three air horn blasts, and then they will set off some kind of explosion.
UPDATE 7-21-12 12:24 pm CDT: EXPECTING AN EXPLOSION NOW. Aurora police have tweeted for everyone on the scene to get behind a “car,” this according to Adam Housely. Now there are 4 persons inside, perhaps two bomb squad members and two firefighters.
UPDATE 7-21-12 12:11 pm CDT: Bomb squad members are now inside James Holmes’ apartment.
UPDATE 7-21-12 11:44 am CDT: Happening live, Fox is reporting the sound of an explosive in Holmes apartment, and police have confirmed that they have disarmed at least one trip wire. Agents and police now looking into the window. Now, a number of small explosions heard.
No smoke seen coming from apartment or the building. A police SUV has been pulled to a position where cameras cannot see. Now saying there have been two small explosives.
One trip wire and one explosive confirmed by police as disarmed. One bomb technician and one firefighter going into the building with the truck ladder.
UPDATE 10:10 pm CDT: Friend and sculptor David Lemon sent a link to a Mediate article which found a James Holmes on a site known as adultfinder. The name is common, but what do you think about this? Is this the James Holmes? We know his hair was dyed red at the time he was arrested. I think I found his Facebook page this morning, but failed to get a screen grab. Again, the name is common and no one but the mainstream media wants to blame someone for something they didn’t do, or say they belong to an organization they do not belong to.
Many more (“significantly more”) explosive devices to be disarmed. “The door was set to kill whoever opened it.” That’s a quote from Fox reporter Adam Housely, who received it from one of the authorities.
UPDATE 8:20 pm CDT: A police press conference is underway. We’re told that all of the bodies of the dead have been removed from the theater by 5 pm MT today.
Military victims: (one sailor, two airmen and one airman unaccounted for – 4 military involved)
Washington (CNN) — U.S. troops were among the casualties in the shooting rampage at the Colorado movie theater, including a sailor who was listed as unaccounted for, the Pentagon said Friday.
The Defense Department released a statement that said one sailor was injured and another one, known to have been at the theater, was unaccounted for. Two airmen were wounded in the incident, it said.
According to a Department of Defense release, two Airmen and one Sailor were injured in the shooting, and one Sailor, known to have been at the theater that evening, is currently unaccounted for.
UPDATE 5:25 pm CDT: Early reports were that James/Jim Holmes kicked in a rear door and entered the front of Theater 9. Now another reports says he bought a ticket and propped the outside door open, where he had stored weapons and ammo. As moviegoers tried to leave, take a look at this horrifying account:
Hunter said he and his friends made their way to an exit. When Hunter opened the door, he saw two teenage girls – one shot in the mouth and the other one crying.
Hunter said he was about to close the door when he saw the gunman, dressed in black, wearing what appeared to be a bullet proof vest, and a gas mask.
“He’s coming my way so I shut the door. So I hold the door for a little bit. He’s banging on the door for about 10 seconds,”
Hunter said he was afraid gunman would shoot through door, so he let it go and managed to get out of the theater. Source
UPDATE 3:40 pm CDT: Neal Cavuto is reporting that the guns used in the murders were purchased legally from a BassPro Shop. He also said professors at University of Colorado said Holmes was extremely smart – one of the smartest, if not the smartest he/she/they (sorry not sure which professor or professors this came from) has ever taught.
Holmes’ apartment remains unentered. Some buildings or parts of building at the University of Colorado have been evacuated and police for searching in a precautionary move.
UPDATE 12:30 pm CDT: Three members of US Military from Buckley base are victims. Condition unknown. Reports that Holmes has an undergraduate degree in NeuroScience from the University of Riverside (I believe that’s the University – can’t be certain).
UPDATE 12:17 pm CDT: What is the Le 9GAG Army? Grumpy Opinions has a pic sent to him with text on it. Really interesting story. Read it here.
UPDATE 12:11 pm CDT: Holmes dropped out of the University of Colorado Medical School one month ago, and had moved into the apartment just a couple of weeks ago. Inside the apartment are “buckets and buckets” of ammo.
UPDATE 11:10 am CDT: A man on the phone (name Larry Lowak, Jr.) is on Fox this minute says his son was shot (Brent Lowak), and is in the hospital – just coming out of surgery now. He was shot in the buttocks and abdomen. I believe he is saying that his son was with Jessica Ghawi, (Mr Lowak referred to her as “Jessie”) attending the movie. When the firing began they both took cover. He crawled to Ms. Ghawi who was lying on the floor. She had been shot in the face. She was either dead or died shortly after.
UPDATE 11:03 am CDT: Fox News is clarifying that Holmes did not have a concealed carry license. It is still not known if the weapons used were legally owned.
UPDATE 10:44 am CDT: Aurora Medical Center reports 5 in critical condition at their facility.
UPDATE 10:40 am CDT: The University of Colorado has confirmed that Holmes was medical student there but recently dropped out.
UPDATE 10:26 am CDT: The Pentagon is reporting there were military casualities among the dead and/or wounded. “Casualities” does not necessarily mean “dead.” Holmes may have been a medical student at a University in Denver (unconfirmed).
UPDATE 9:52 am CDT: Police are saying Holmes’ apartment IS BOOBY TRAPPED. They have photos of the inside and it looks “scary,” and “sophisticated.” Infrared cameras on a ladder through a window were used. A three block area has been evacuated.
Holmes was first reported to be cooperating with police, but that cooperation has now stopped.
UPDATE 9:37 am CDT: Trace Gallagher is now saying Holmes did not have a permit for the weapons (different from a report below). Holmes apartment is believed to have been booby-trapped. Holmes mother and father live in San Diego, and Holmes is from San Diego.
The 6-year-old girl that died did not raise the death toll to 13. She is counted in the 12 dead.
UPDATE 9:37 am CDT: Swedish Medical Center: 18-year-old male fair condition. A man and a women both in critical condition, a man and a women. I believe the male is 29 years old. Both went directly to surgery. The 18-year-old may need surgery. The hospital rep says some medical centers are reporting victims that transported themselves to medical centers as walk-in patients.
UPDATE 9:09 am CDT: Fox is reporting that Holmes’ owned the weapons legally, maybe…still unclear. The U.S. Army says he is not connected to Army military service. This report also says there was NOT an explosion at Holmes’ apartment, as a UK paper reported below.
UPDATE 9:02 am CDT: Fox is reporting that the 6-year-old victim has died, according to the child’s father. Fox stresses they cannot confirm that report.
UPDATE 8:37 am CDT: Dr. Frank Lansville at Aurora South Medical Center (on Fox) says they have teenagers in their facility but mp one younger than that (Fox later clarified that the victims in that facility were between the ages of 16 and 31). Wounds were from high-caliber weapons. There are 4 people in critical condition with gunshot wounds to head, neck and abdomen at Aurora South Medical Center. Some patients have had burning skin, eyes and mouth. No fatalities at this hospital.
Aurora shooting victim Jessica Ghawi was tweeting just before her death; was present at mall shooting in Toronto six weeks ago
Other Tweets say Jessica Ghawi was an “aspiring sports-caster.” Fox has not released Ghawi’s name but confirms the Toronto story, and says she was a “local” sports caster.
UPDATE 8:20 am CDT: An investigator on Fox is saying there are reports that some Batman movie showings will be cancelled until theater owners feels assured they can keep patrons safe.
UPDATE 8:14 am CDT: Holmes’ mother may have been found in San Diego – she seems not to be surprised that her son could have done this terrible thing.
A San Diego woman who identified herself as James Holmes’ mother told ABC News she had awoken unaware of the shooting and had not yet been contacted by authorities. She immediately expressed concern that her son may have been involved.
“You have the right person,” she said, apparently speaking on gut instinct. “I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”
UPDATE 8:05 am CDT: Fox reports at this time, there are 10 bodies still inside the theater. Police found Holmes sitting down beside his car in the theater parking lot. Reports continue that the vehicle had Tennessee license plates.
UPDATE 8:05 am CDT: Below there was a report of an explosion in Holmes’ apartment, but Fox is saying police report that no explosives were found at the apartment.
UPDATE 8:00 am CDT: According to this report, the youngest person to have died, at this time, is twelve years old. Also breaking in this report is that an explosion has happened at this apartment at about 6:40 am MT. I have not heard about an apartment explosion anywhere except in the UK Daily Mail report linked in this paragraph.
Witnesses said that the shooting was so brutal that bullets went through the walls into the next door screen.
Police received the first emergency call at 00.39 a.m. local time.
Fox is reporting that a 6 year-old was wounded.
Fox is also reporting that no bombs were found inside the theater.
UPDATE 7:55 am CDT: The Guardian is reporting Holmes is 6′ tall.
UPDATE 7:47 am CDT: I seeing a Tweet saying the three-month-old wounded baby has been discharged into the care of parents, and is doing well. Sorry, no confirming source for that.
Police are wondering if there is a scene in the movie or in a previous batman movie of a similar-type shooting. Police believe the shooter may have been very familiar with this theater and even hid behind the screen.
The FBI is involved in this case. The Joint Terrorism Unit was on alert, but the alert has now been removed.
UPDATE 7:31 am CDT: Fox is reporting that Holmes is in the U.S. legally and is not on a Terror Watch List. Holmes shot 10 to 20 times, and told police he also had explosives in his car, as well as his apartment. Police have closed off three blocks around the apartment, which is located on the third floor.
Fox is reiterating that there is no Islamic Terrorism associated with the massacre, but there might be domestic terrorism associated with Holmes (conjecture only at this time).
A tweet from 9NewsDenver says Holmes only police record is a traffic ticket. Tweet from Denver Post says James Holmes was born on December 13, 1987.
UPDATE 7:25 am CDT: REVISED FIGURES OF DEAD – reduced to “a dozen.” Holmes was driving a car with Tennessee license plates. His apartment is located in North Aurora. Video added below.
Holmes was caught by police in the parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, nine miles outside Denver, after police began receiving dozens of 911 calls at 12:39 a.m. MT. He was carrying a gas mask, rifle, and handgun, and police believe at least one other gun was left in the movie theater. Police said the suspect mentioned having explosives stored, leading them to evacuate his entire North Aurora apartment complex and search the buildings…”The suspect throws tear gas in the air, and as the tear gas appears he started shooting,” said Lamar Lane, who was watching the midnight showing of the movie with his brother. “It was very hard to breathe. I told my brother to take cover. It took awhile. I started seeing flashes and screaming, I just saw blood and people yelling and a quick glimpse of the guy who had a gas mask on. I was pushed out. There was chaos, we started running.” Source: ABC News
UPDATE 7:20 am CDT: James Holmes was wearing body armor – bullet proof vest and gas mask. Police have surrounded his apartment building. Some movie-goers were reportedly dressed in costume for the much-awaited last saga in the Batman series.
Local reporter Justin Joseph of KDVR said that, according to witnesses, the moment Batman appeared on screen a man wearing body armour and a gas mask, and wielding at least one long gun, stood up and faced the crowd. Source: Guardian
Scene immediately after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado (video)