A gunman opened fireplace too soon Friday at a movie theatre within the Denver suburb of Aurora (Colorado, USA), killing twelve folks and injuring a minimum of fifty others, authorities said. The death toll was revised from fourteen to twelve by the authorities when a close reconnaissance of the movie theatre.
It was the worst mass shooting within the US since the 2007 shooting on the Virginia Tech campus.
Some moviegoers said they thought the attack was a part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of an individual within the smoke at the front of the rostrum, pointing a gun at the group.
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"I told my friend, 'We've have to be compelled to get out of here,' however then he shot folks making an attempt to travel out the exits," Jennifer Seeger told NBC's "Today." She the shooter created his far the aisle, shooting as he went, saying nothing.
Some of the injured were kids, with the youngest a 3-month-old baby. Victims were being treated for chemical exposure apparently associated with canisters thrown by the gunman. The shooter, a person in his 20s, was arrested shortly when the midnight attack close to a automobile outside the multiplex theater in Aurora.
FBI spokesman Jason Pack said there was no indication within the investigation up to now of any affiliation to terror teams.
President Barack Obama said he was saddened by the "horrific and tragic shooting."
Federal law enforcement officers said the suspect is 24-year-old citizen James Holmes. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity to debate an ongoing investigation.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no proof of alternative attackers. There was no immediate word of a motive.
"A gas mask, rifle, handgun a minimum of one extra weapon (were) found," Oates said.
It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine highschool massacre in 1999, where 2 students opened fireplace and killed twelve classmates and an educator.
Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania told ABC's "Good Morning America" he did not understand however if all the injuries were gunshot wounds. He said some may need been caused by alternative things, like shrapnel.
The suspect spoke of "possible explosives in his residence," Oates said. Police were at the Denver-area apartment and had evacuated the building's alternative residents. Oates didn't say whether or not explosives had been found.
He said police additionally checked for explosives at the rostrum and secured those areas.
Moviegoers spoke of their terror as violence erupted.
Police officers ran in and told folks to go away the rostrum, Salina Jordan told the Denver Post newspaper. She said some police were carrying and dragging bodies.
Benjamin Fernandez, 30, told the Post he heard a series of explosions. He said folks ran from the rostrum and there have been gunshots as police shouted "Get down!"
Jordan told the paper one lady was struck within the cheek and others within the abdomen, as well as a lady who looked to be around nine.
Jordan said it appeared like firecrackers till somebody saw his neighboring theater yelling, "They're shooting out here!"
KUSA-TV reported that some hospitalized victims were being treated for chemical exposure, connected apparently to canisters thrown by gunman.
Aurora is home to an outsized Defense Department satellite intelligence operation at Buckley Air Force Base.