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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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Silly TMZ    

Keep on standing behind that right to bear arms America. It is doing wonders for your citizens. And keep making it so easy for crazy a**holes to buy guns too and this sh*t will just keep happening. Way to go USA!!

791 days ago

furious cupcakes    

Wake up America. This whole thing sounds fishy. Sounds like a plan was put in place with this kid for him to do this at an event that EVERYONE would know about in order to put the gun control policy into effect. And now all these dumb Americans are backing it up because it's for our "protection". WAKE UP

791 days ago


while I do not wish anyone to be involved in an event such as this , EVER, as the related pain and sufering must be immeasurable why do people act so surprised when this happens?

we love guns as a society

we glorify and dehumanize violence in movies and video games

and the best solutions we can come up with for the problem seems to be for us the "good guys" to exact the maximum revenge on the people we label "the bad guy" in the event

791 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

This is awful. I know when these things happen, people naturally want to feel like something could have been done, something should have been done--but these people have problems, if they are determined to hurt people and they don't have guns, they will still find a way to hurt people.

791 days ago


I heard many small children including a 3 month old baby were injured.

Who in their right mind brings small children especially a 3 month baby to a midnight movie?

I hate to say it but the shooter, will probably use the insanity defense.

The world is not safe anymore.

791 days ago


wow what another sad day for the human race. heart goes out to all the people that died and are injured.........BUT when a gun goes off, rounds fire people covered in blood leaving, WHY IN THE HELL are people standing around recording. People are leaving in blood and there worried about they 15mins of fame

791 days ago


People stop giving out wrong information about who the shooter is. Here is a post from the Facebook page of an unfortunately named person
Dearest random Facebook people who keep confusing me for a mass murderer and yet still send me Facebook requests.;

I appreciate the fact that you are trying to become better-informed about the occurrences last night in Aurora, but you have been somewhat mislead, in that I am not the man who did it. I am not a 24-year-old gun-slinging killer from Aurora, I am a 22-year-old book-slinging mass eater from Littleton. Somewhat distinct, I would assume. But I would appreciate if you would read this particular post an not assume that it would be interesting to be friends with someone on Facebook who is very probably going to be in jail and not be able to confirm your friend requests anyway, or even be friends with his girlfriend, who had the rather interesting experience of having to tell someone she had a job interview with that she is not, in fact dating a serial killer. James Holmes happens to be a pretty common name, surprisingly, so try not to jump the gun.

Regards, A different guy named James Holmes

791 days ago


wow.... so sorry to all the families of those who lost lives....
this is insane.... but i must say, there is no reason why babies should be in theatres, further more a midnight showing... i refuse to take my children to any movie until they are at least 2 yrs old.... don't they have babysitters in colorado? batman isn't going anywhere, i'm sure they'll see the movie eventually, in theatres or not...

791 days ago



791 days ago


Any links to the 9gag army post?

791 days ago


Wjere is Ja Rule? I need that mofo to make sense of all this.

791 days ago


Damn! What a crazy world . Heading out to that movie with my kids today here in Canada.. Unbelievable!
Condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the injured.

791 days ago


The toll is now at 13. I am watching the local news and the reporter just talked about a father that came screeching up in his car looking for his 27 year old son. It is his birthday. This is too heartbreaking.

791 days ago

rene O'Neil    

Ryan Seacrest tweeted about this TRAGEDY and referred to it as an "incident"...Is He OK? An Incident, no this is not an incident, it is a horrific tragedy, its a massacre, but not a ****ing incident. Hes an idiot, I am not sure why that tweet is bothering me so sad. So so very sad. Why are there so any deranged people in this world! God be with the families, the victims, the town, and all the people who lived through this horror.

791 days ago


first off prayers to all the families and victims of this senseless tragedy.. People are not even safe in the movie.. And I hear the youngest victim was 3 months old!!! WTF?????? why is a 3 month old in a movie at midnight???? i'm no where saying this could'nt happen at 12 in the afternoon... But a midnight showing for a movie that the baby doesn't know what's happening at all..

791 days ago
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