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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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61.

Rebecca    

My prayers goes out to the vitims and their families. May God send his angels to comfort your sorrows. :'(

772 days ago
62.

hcvang    

Imagine going to a movie you've waited to see for four years... and getting shot in the ****ing head by some loser, who wants to be remembered as the guy who committed the "Batmassacre".
Genuinely ****ed up.

772 days ago
63.

ravenmayne    

From a Witness in the Theater: a man sat in the front row, then got what seemed to be a call, he went out the emergency door, which the witness thought was weird to take a phone call out there, then he cam back in a little time later with a gas mask dresses like S.W.A.T fired something that produced gas, then moments later shots rang out.

772 days ago
64.

popo    

murders paid by hollywood toi have their little movie talked about.......dont believe me ....then you must believe 9/11 was done by terrorist LMFAO !!!!!!

772 days ago
65.

STFUP    

To everyone saying they want this guy publicly executed, or that he should kill himself, etc. etc.
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Yeah, that's what we need MORE violence. Stupid.
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WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

772 days ago
66.

jokerchick    

That was the worst quality video footage but I saw people leisurely strolling out like nothing happened and that's weird...prayers to the families of those lost and I'm so glad that POS demon wasn't killed by the police, that would be too easy

772 days ago
67.

gamepro    

i dont get why anyone would do this for and he needs a life sentence because he killed 12 people and hes lucky hes not in florida where they still use the electric chair

772 days ago
68.

Rebecca    

Really??? There has to be an explaination about why this nut job did??? Put a gun control rule??? NO guns don't shoot themselves. Poeple holding a gun shoot people....This guy needs to be held responsible for his actions. NO ONE told this guy to shoot up the place just like NO ONE told those two punks to shoot up a school. THEY DID IT ON THEIR OWN FREE WILL!!! It has nothing to do with movies or music or video games. He is a grown man who knows wrong from right. BUT YES!!! Where in the F**K did he get those guns when there are laws about having a permitt to certain guns. REALLY?? An assult weapon??? was he in the military??

772 days ago
69.

Sandra     

Another senseless tragedy!!! Easy access to guns gives these crazy people a licence to kill!!

772 days ago
70.

davey    

The sad thing is, he will claim to be insane & get off with a book deal.................................................................................just kill him now ! Put him a room with the families of the dead and lock the door !

772 days ago
71.

carla    

Can we talk about how Warner bros is ****ed and no one is going to go to the movie now?

772 days ago
72.

Janine    

Unfathomable...

772 days ago
73.

bilbo    

Yet people will still defend their complete misinterpretations of "the right to bear arms" after this.

772 days ago
74.

MIKE T     

THIS IS JUST SAD AND IS CLEARLY A SAGA, ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED. THIS MAY HAVE RUIN THE SUMMER FOR MANY PEOPLE! SAD AND MADDNESS:http://www.maddnesslive.com/batman-shooting-saga-in-colorado/

772 days ago
75.

Alex schelling    

My prayers go out to the victims. Jus think if just one member of the audiance was carrying a weapon with a concealed weapons permit many lives could have been saved. Who things to carry while watching a movie tho. Removing weapons from the common man will result in even more chaos. Look at Mexico and its current gun laws.

772 days ago
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