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Friday, July 20, 2012

12 shot dead at movie theater Aurora, Colorado


At least 12 people were killed and nearly 60 others injured early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo., when a masked gunman opened fire during a midnight opening of The Dark Knight Rises. The 24-year-old suspected shooter, James Holmes, was taken into custody without a fight after carrying out what is believed to be the worst mass shooting attack (in terms of total number injured) in U.S. history.


By Pete Williams and M. Alex Johnson

A graduate student with dyed red or orange hair who told police he was the Joker opened fire in a theater showing the premiere of the latest Batman movie near Denver early Friday, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others, many of them seriously.

The suspect was found in possession of a helmet, a gas mask, a tactical vest, throat and groin protectors and black tactical gloves, authorities said.

Oates said the gunman had four weapons: two 40-caliber Glock handguns, a Remington 870 single-barrel pump shotgun and a Smith & Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle. Three of the weapons were found in the suspect's white Hyundai parked at the back entrance to the theater; one of the handguns was found in the theater.

Holmes also told police that his apartment had been booby-trapped. When investigators arrived, they peered in through a window from a hook-and-ladder truck and discovered numerous bottles containing an unknown liquid, fire officials said. The bottles were connected to wires.

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