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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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I hope Fred Willard wasn't there. Can TMZ find out?

792 days ago

Passion Of The Taint    

So sad!!!
I feel so bad for these people!

792 days ago


How ironic that this this goes down the same week Rush Limbaugh made those comments about Dark Night? Hmmm. My hearts go out to the families of the victims and may the perpetrator rot in hell.

792 days ago


cruel world we live in :-((

792 days ago


That's horrible! :(( so sad for all those victims :((( why was he able to get inside the theater with all those guns anyway?

792 days ago


Hmmm, no race listed. Must be white.

792 days ago


Swift Justice for this person who clearly did this. No need for a 12 year wait on death row. Study his sick brain while he is still alive if need be. RIP to all who died

792 days ago

There's a problem here    

In my mind in fantasy it would have been great if someone would have blown his limbs off one by one in retaliation, then stood on his neck while he bled to death. As it is, in reality he's probably "insane" and will spend his time in a nice cushy institution. Kill him, grind him up and use him for pig feed.

792 days ago


Evidence that the devil/demons are real.

792 days ago


never moving to Colorado its the number one state prone to massacre's first the columbine massacre then the national guard massacre man how many more?

792 days ago


WTF is wrong with people.
Folks going out to have a good time and then crazy a-holes like this come along.

792 days ago


Teerible. Perhaps he was pissed because some jerk parent brougt their 3 month old to an f-ing movie like that.

792 days ago


This attack was really really deranged and horrible and I don't mean to detract from that, but the ONE bright spot should have been that there shouldn't have been any children injured at a 12:30 showing. Why were there so many babies & kids in that theater??

792 days ago

There's a problem here    

RE #29 @ West Coast Baby ... Obviously you have no education on law enforcement. Police can't just walk into an unknown situation. People will gleefully shoot cops. If someone shoots all the cops then what? At Columbine and most shootings, especially school shootings by students, if a shooter is not identified and officially disabled, if you notice ALL students depart with their hands up or on their heads. Did you think that was a common gesture, or maybe there was a reason for it? This was the same scenario; they had no idea of who the shooter was or where the shooter was. Don't even start with the bull that the cops are cowards or let people get shot. That is standard protocol you f'ing moron.

792 days ago

Doug Laurent    

americans own 10x more guns than people in other western countries, and this is why there 10x more massacres and 10x more people in jail. without gun control, this will always happen again.

792 days ago
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