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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




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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."

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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.
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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.

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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. 

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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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166.

priceless    

The fact that Holmes was able to get those gun legally probably lends credence to the argument that he's a sociopath. With his ability to work on his Phd & keep himself off the internet grid as a 24 yr-old (highly unusual in itself) he was probably able to pass himself off as completely normal to gun dealers. Maybe the feds should start giving rewards to dealers that call in any potential "red flags" that turn out to have neutralized a threat?

762 days ago
167.

samantha     

Who brings a 3 month old to a midnight movie?

761 days ago
168.

chenell    

I just don't know what to think. You can't go to a movie,and feel safe. Than you send your child to colloge and they become killers. What the **** are these teacher's teaching our children.

761 days ago
169.

noely    

there has been this thing going around Facebook that i found very interesting...it said that we should somehow het the acter that plays "batman" in the new movie to visit the people injured in the hospital in full costume im all for it and would appretiate it if you say something abot this on your show. MUCH APRETIATED

761 days ago
170.

cstrikerose    

Please.... Don't let this event change our way of life. Never give any harasser, bully or terrorist any power!! Please sign our petition to resume Dark Knight premieres and events.
http://www.change.org/petitions/warner-bro-studios-resume-all-premieres-of-the-dark-knight-rises-movie?share_id=hZBtygYHTK&utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created_email
THANK YOU!!

761 days ago
171.

stavford    

awesome gun laws you Americans have!, time 4 change. Aussie Steve.

761 days ago
172.

Tove Hansen    

Holmes is obvious very, very sick. How come nobody has noticed his schrewed up mind.

Where are the health care people (hospitals) in this case? People who knew him?

Why does those people don't get help, before it is too late?

It is almost a common problem in the USA!

I am certain these terrible cases can be prevented with the right care for these unfortunate people, before they go nuts.

SO TRAGIC for everyone involved.

761 days ago
173.

laffnbear    

BAN AMMUNITION. Then try to kill 59 people with an empty gun.

761 days ago
174.

laffnbear    

6000 rounds? That is one great lot of target shooting.

761 days ago
175.

thisguy    

where was this guy when twilight came out?

760 days ago
176.

Christina Smythe    

This is very heartbreaking. May the friends and families of the victims find comfort in this difficult time. Someone created a memorial page for these victims on Evertalk within Facebook. There is a memorial fund on this page and people can donate to help the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. Here's the page.
https://apps.facebook.com/evertalk/index/memorial/victimscolorado2137

760 days ago
177.

karl    

ok i understand he shot a baby but that's kinda bad parenting who takes there kit to a midnight screening of batman

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