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'Dark Knight Rises' Massacre

12 Dead, 59 Injured

7/20/2012 4:44 AM PDT UPDATED: 7/20/2012 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 911 Calls

6:25 PM PT -- Chief Oates said Holmes purchased 6000 rounds of ammunition online ... legally. Holmes will be arraigned on Monday morning at 8:30 AM. 

1:05 PM PT -- The U.S. Department of Defense says the injured military personnel include 2 sailors and 1 airman. Officials say another sailor is unaccounted for.

10:57 AM PT -- Officials now say 59 people were wounded in the shooting. A total of 70 people were shot.

Ten people died at the scene. Two more died at the hospital.

9:31 AM PT --
The Holmes family has released a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

The family notes they ARE cooperating with authorities in both San Diego and Aurora, Colorado.

8:30 AM PT --
CNN is reporting ... Pentagon officials say members of the U.S. military are among the casualties in the Colorado shooting.

8:10 AM PT --
University of Colorado confirms ... Holmes was a student in the CU School of Medicine ... but withdrew last month. Holmes had been studying to get a PHD in neuroscience.

7:50 AM PT
-- President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Ft. Myers, FL was instead just a speech by the president about today's tragedy, where he called the events "beyond reason."


7:45AM PT -- Police say Holmes' studio apartment is "booby-trapped" in a sophisticated manner -- and they are trying to figure out how to disarm an explosive device attached to the front door.

7:00 AM PT --
A rep for the Aurora Medical Center says ... of the 15 victims being treated at AMC, 12 sustained gunshot wounds.

The other three are being treated for chemical exposure.

Six of the wounded are in critical condition -- with gun shot wounds to the neck, torso and abdomen.

6:50 AM PT --
Officials have released the 911 calls made moments after the shooter began his killing spree.

The callers are frantic ... describing the bloody chaos inside the theater. At one point, a caller says emergency responders can't enter the theater because of the tear gas.

6:47 AM PT --
A rep for the Aurora Medical Center says the hospital is treating 15 victims ... and the age range is 16 to 31.

6:43 AM PT --
NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly says the NYPD will take extra steps to provide protection at movie theaters showing "Batman" in New York ... releasing the following statement:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

6:12 AM PT -- President Barack Obama
has released a statement saying, "Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado."

6:05 AM PT --
The LAPD has immediately increased security at the famous Arclight Theater in Hollywood.

6:03 AM PT --
Warner Bros. has canceled tonight's red carpet premiere of "Dark Knight Rises" in Paris, France. The studio has issued the following statement:

"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

5:48 AM PT
-- According to CNN, law enforcement officers found "items of interest" in the suspect's home. They are saying the man is in his 20s and lives in the Aurora area.
A heavily armed gunman opened fire in the middle of a packed midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" ... killing at least a dozen moviegoers and reportedly wounding at least 50 others (including a 3-month-old baby) in Aurora, Colorado.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes from Aurora, CO.

Cops say Holmes was wearing a bulletproof vest, riot helmet and a gas mask when he entered the Century 16 Movie Theater through an emergency exit and began randomly firing at movie patrons. Witnesses say he tossed tear gas into the crowd before he started shooting.

Police arrested Holmes in the movie theater parking lot -- and federal agents evacuated his apartment building --after he "made a statement about explosives" in the building (see below).

After a thorough sweep of the complex, officials determined the building was safe.

Holmes reportedly used 4 guns during the shooting -- a rifle, a shotgun, a handgun and another firearm that's being compared to an AK-47. Cell phone video taken from inside the lobby of the movie theater showed the chaos following the shooting. 


One witness tells CNN Holmes did not resist arrest when cops moved in -- "He did not put up a fight."

At this point, police say there is no evidence of a second gunman.

Hundreds of police and FBI agents have already been assigned to the investigation.

A 15-year-old witness told CNN he was able to escape the theater when the gunman stopped firing to reload one of his guns.


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Please donate to the Theater Shooting Victims Fund! Help us pay these poor families' medical bills

791 days ago


I think this is a wake up call, that we can't just sit back and relax. Things are always going to happen, its part of the world.

791 days ago

Rose Ann    

I predict you'll find Holmes has a developmental disorder like high functioning Asperger's, with OCD, and delusional thinking, and a preference for solitary activity. His mother had inferred in a statement earlier today that her son was capable of such a massacre as the one we learned about today.

791 days ago

Rose Ann    

I predict you'll find Holmes has a developmental disorder like high functioning Asperger's, with OCD, and delusional thinking, and a preference for solitary activity. His mother had inferred in a statement earlier today that her son was capable of such a massacre as the one we learned about today.

791 days ago

Mr. Bill    

This was the act of someone out of control; it is almost impossible to prevent acts of terror like this one. So in the heat of the moment if we consider stricter gun laws; it would stand to reason to also consider restrictions on medical students.

791 days ago


my heart goes out to all the victims of this tragedy R.I.P

791 days ago


ok so I did a little checking and not since Abraham Lincoln and then the Nazi's mass killings in theatre has there been a problem with killings in Theatre. I have always thought it was pretty easy to bring in food
but i think putting alarms on the doors and maybe a metal detector and we are back to normal behavior.
Movies are meant to take you away from reality but the reality is you should always be aware of your surroundings.

791 days ago


Please stop the "we need more gun laws" talk. It was already illegal for Holmes to carry his guns in a theater. Did that stop him? Explosives are illegal too and he had that as well. Don't want to think what he would of done in place of a gun.This is another mental issue. When do we address that growing problem? And how? By disarming all normal people? Its a shame every anti-gun organization trys to take advantage of scared unknowledgable people during a crissis.

791 days ago


String this psycho up by his nuts

791 days ago


This is so shocking and horrible. Prayers and strength to the families, friends and victims.

I heard that there were also children wounded. What are children doing at a MIDNIGHT screening???

791 days ago

i'm a lawyer!    

heartbreaking that people went out to enjoy a movie and lost their lives or were injured. my prayers go out for the survivors and the family of the deceased.

791 days ago


It's 9;30 on a Friday night here in Ohio and I just found out about it a couple of hours ago. I am SOOOOO sorry for all the people involved in this HORRIBLE HORRIBLE tragedy. I couldn't imagine being in that kind of situation and I hope that me and any body I know doesn't either. My hearts go out to those who have lossed loved ones and those that are injured. I hope they have a speedy recovery.
I also offer my sympathy for the shooter's family. How hard this must be for them too. He must have been really messed up to do this. God, this is awful.

791 days ago

Dudley Dooright    

It really is pathetic.....the excited states of America....acting shocked, surprised and confused......are we really surprised when the commentary is...."we are very proud at how quickly we respond to mass shooting situations"

How the hell does a kid get hold of an arsenal that would have made Gaddafi proud....including 6,000 bullets, and act out yet another Columbine scenario.
Frankly, your country is pathetic and your NRA dominates the sane members of the USA who surely cannot condone the access to guns etc, which end up being a major destructive force on so many innocent families.
"The right to bear arms".....excuse me

791 days ago


This person appears to be suffering from schizophrenia, however, there''s speculation that he asked a friend of his before the shooting if they would come visit him in prison. Perhaps this indicates that he knew that his actions would be wrong. He also studied neurological disorders. Could he have studied them to learn how to mimic them? This is something investigators will have to determine. But I think we can all agree on one point: that this is a very sad day indeed. Know that the victims and their families will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

791 days ago


I am sad today is my birthday the day the movie was comeing out I am sad now that this guy did this

791 days ago
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