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71 shot, 12 killed at Aurora movie theater during Batman premiere [VIDEO]

71 shot, 12 killed at Aurora movie theater during Batman premiere [VIDEO]

The Denver Post | 7/20/12

AURORA — The lone suspect in a movie-theater shooting that left 12 dead had a ticket to the midnight premiere of the newest Batman film and entered along with the crowd, investigators believe.

Then he walked out of the theater’s emergency door unnoticed, investigators said, propping it open. The suspect, later identified as 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes, allegedly returned through the same door minutes later, clad in black ballistic gear, and opened fire.

In addition to the 12 people killed, 59 were wounded in the Century 16 complex at Aurora Town Center.

Information about the shooter’s movements was first reported by multiple news agencies citing anonymous sources in Washington, D.C. A local source with knowledge of the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the information.

Bloodied moviegoers, who had gathered after midnight to see “The Dark Knight Rises,” dragged one another from the chaotic smoke-filled theater 9 of the Century 16 complex.

“It was like something out of a movie,” said Jacob King, who was standing in the lobby when someone carried out the motionless body of a young girl, covered in blood. “You don’t want to believe it’s real, but it is.”

The child was handed to a police officer, who put her into the back of his squad car and sped away.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said many of the shooting victims were transported to hospitals by some of the nearly 200 officers who converged on the theater complex at about 12:40 a.m. after the shooter stormed the theater with three guns and discharged two canisters of gas that clouded the room and stung people’s eyes and throats.

Police arrested Holmes minutes after they arrived at the movie theater. He surrendered behind the theater, near a white Hyundai.

Holmes remains in custody. His first court appearance is set for Monday.

Read more:  71 shot, 12 killed at Aurora movie theater during Batman premiere – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21118201/unknown-number-people-shot-at-aurora-movie-theater#ixzz21Ch4W2nA

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