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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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This is horrific, my heart goes out to those and the families of those lost or injured….any why was there a 3 month old baby in a theater in the first place?

824 days ago

Walter WalkerIII    

so very sad #theatershooting #aurorashooting #aurora

824 days ago


Maybe it was some right wing zealot that was all worked up by Rush Limbaugh saying that the Bane character in the movie was actually a ploy to to get people to think Romney was an evil person.

824 days ago


You can't even go to the movies anymore, and have a good time. Damn this sucks!

824 days ago

wow ew    

Since tmz is good at putting people on the spot now's the time to shine. Put that f&cker on the spot. Maniacs like this deserve to be punished.

824 days ago


first off wtf is a parent bringing a 3 month old to the movies. get a sitter! it's all a shame i'm sorry to all. second, someone should slap this guys parents in the snot box. we all know there were signs early on in life .third , i sure hope colorado exercises the death penalty or better yet someone offs this clown from a window. now we have to watch him be protected and have armed body guards and such. what a the blood sucking lawyers will force us to listen to them portray him as a victim or better yet too crazy to know. I THINK NOT ,PREPARATION IS NOT IN CRAZY .wah i'm a victim because someone touched my prong when i was young. wah i listened to heavy metal, wah my ***** hurts, wah i couldn't pass pre-med . it's nice to know he didn't kill himself so we can find out what the hell he was thinking and maybe study the little prick for answers but frankly, i would have rather seen him open his head like a canoe. who needs to support this trash while he is in jail and publicly defended. make the parents and grandparents pay . yea the grandparents !!! i'll say it if they had raised a normal child odds are his parents would have been normal and raised a benefit to society not a cancer. i may be wrong but i bet his whole family tree is rotten in places. i'm not judging but i've had a messed up upbringing watch porn played video games listen to metal and i don't want to kill anyone .ever

824 days ago


What I don't get is why when people snap off, do they always feel the need to go gun down a bunch of innocent people? Just because your life is sh_t, doesn't mean you need to bring everyone else down with you. I'm glad the gunman didn't take the easy way out and kill himself. Let him get the sh_t kicked out of him in prison for the rest of his pathetic life.

824 days ago


This is gossip and entertainment news? I don't think so.

824 days ago

Whitney's Fan    

What kind of world r we living in? The world needs Jesus for real. If the government stay out of these families business and allow these parents to whip their kids behinds, then they wouldn't grow up doin stupid stuff like this. Bk in the early 90s we dint hear of as much killing as we do now. People get right and get ready because God is removing his hand of mercy. Don't get caught slipping.

824 days ago


Sorry, but America needs to change their gun laws. This is getting ridiculous. Stop making it so easy for people to buy guns ffs.

824 days ago

Oh A 💛💋    

This is so sad it makes me want to cry ! There are some horrible people in this world ! This world is so bad now ..... SMH

824 days ago

buzz kill    


824 days ago


I'm not surprised or shocked by the shooting. For a few years now, I've been concerned this sort of thing would happe. I saw Savages a few weks ago and was concerned that this sort of thing would happen since it is such a violent movie.

824 days ago


Really. 43% of you people are afraid to go to the movies now? Like there aren't crazy folks everywhere. Might as well buy a bunker and hide away forever.

824 days ago


tragically, how could this happen??

824 days ago
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