A terrible shooting in Denver have left fourteen people dead and up to 50 more injured after man wearing a mask opened fire inside a cinema.
The attack took place during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the new Batman film, where cinema goers originally thought it was a prank or stunt to do with the film.
Witnesses say that a masked man came in through the emergency exits wearing some sort of gas mask. He proceeded to throw a gas canister into the audience before opening fire.
Dan Oates, the police chief in the Denver suburb of Aurora said: “This is a horrific event. Our hearts go out to all of the family. We have mobilized the witnesses that we could get our hands on to an area high school where de-briefings are under way.”
A man in his early 20’s has now been taken into custody after he was found in possession of a knife, rifle and handgun and also wearing a bulletproof vest. The arrest took place in the cinema car park where the man gave up without a struggle.
President Barack Obama has responded to the events that took places, saying: “Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time.
“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”
The story broke as local hospitals were alerted to a mass casualty that had happened in the vicinity. 10 people are said to have died on site, while a further four died later in hospital.
The number of injured is still not specified as more and more are being taken to hospital. Expect more details to come through out the day.
Below is a video of people leaving the cinema screen, some with help from police and some covered in blood. It just goes to show how serious the incident is and what it has meant to all these people.[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sIiqq66rk&feature=player_embedded[/pro-player]
Reports are now saying that the shooter is one James Holmes, 24, of North Aurora. It was also his apartment block that was evacuated after he suggested that explosives were there.
Other witnesses are suggesting that the shooting was timed to take place during a shooting in the film. This will quickly bring rise to questions that films are too violent and also the Batman franchise.
Conflicting reports are bouncing around news sources. Some are claiming 10 dead, others 12, and some 14. This should be clarified in due course.
The Daily Mail, CNN and some others are claiming the youngest injured was a three month old baby. If true, that is truly shocking and our thoughts go out to the family.