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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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My prayers goes to the family of the victims. God bless their hearts.

795 days ago


The current laws ban concealed handguns from being taken into movie theaters. smh

So now only the outlaws on shooting rampages have guns in the movie theaters.. Damn shame!!

795 days ago

MarieDevine Divine-Way    

The review of the movie says: "Gotham becomes subject to cleansing fires -- even a mushroom cloud -- in hopeful anticipation of a phoenix-like rise to civilized order over underworld chaos." It mentions a Gotham Occupy movement to bring the people to modern days, i suppose.

The massive rise to civilized order, in real life, is turning from our money focused life of glorified slavery, the bottomless pit that continually wants more from us to what God's wisdom guides in all holy books, a garden lifestyle. It quickly solves the many problems we created with lifelong employment, including violence, wars, immigration, inequality, disease, extinction, big government control and taxes.

LEVITICUS 26 is God's promise to send 4 x 7 curses if we reject His word. Exodus 20:8-11 commands a Day of No Work, a Holy day that begins Friday night at sundown until Saturday Sundown, called the 7th day. OUR NATION can easily turn to the weekly 7th day of No Work for unity and greater efficiency in business and energy us. God says the SabbathS are His sign between us and Him that He is our God.... Note: otherwise He is not our God. Exodus 31.13, 14.
Our SAVIOR is the word of God AS WRITTEN, when we honor His word and follow it.

795 days ago

Mighty Mike    

It blows my mind that someone can do this to innocent people. What brings him to this point? Obama saying it is NOT terrorist related? THIS IS TERRORISM!!! Just like the bombing in Oklahoma City. You don't need a turban to be a terrorist.

And how could no one see that this dude was losing it? No friends or family? If that's the case, then those are the people to watch out for.

Just tragic. May God bless those that are affected, which should be everyone with a heart.

795 days ago

Your Mom    

To ANYBODY who ever thinks about doing something like that again, do everyone a favor.... KILL YOURSELF instead!!!! This guy had to have SERIOUS issues. I feel bad for his family and friends not recognizing problems sooner. Come on now, who makes the decision of doing something like that @ a movie premiere!!??!!?? Did he just walk in the front doors with a gas mask on? If not, how did he get all his stuff in without anyone noticing? Sick people in this world. On another note, why did somebody take their 3month old to a late night movie?

795 days ago


Just listening to these calls, brings tears to my eyes . You just never know whens your last day in this earth .

795 days ago


What was a 3-year-old doing at a 12:30am showing, in the first place? And at this film, which has violent scenes and meant for adults? Dumb ass parents.

795 days ago


Watching this video shows that all those safety drills they make us perform in elementary school really don't work in real world situations. Poor people, this must have been the most chaotic and scariest incidents in the lives of most of these people. I hope the survivors can physically and emotionally recover, and may God be with the deceased and their families :'(

795 days ago


I hope there were no bootleggers present during that Aurora screening of Dark Knight. That would be a HORRIFIC piece of audio tape :/

795 days ago


Scarew the NRA! There's no reason anyone should be carrying a gun. this guy..again was locked and fully loaded! There's NO sane reason why anyone would need a gun to go out and HUNT, well basically kill for a sport, innocent animals and there's no reason why anyone should need a frickin gun. It's not a toy! If one is that paranoid about protecting him/herself, then move and get a better life. I personally don't know one person who owns a gun or has a need. If one finds it thrilling to go out and kill innocent animals, as there excuse to carry a gun, then get therapy!


795 days ago


Let me guess!! Bullied at school brought up by one parent, father out still getting as much as he can get - not responsible. One parenting doesn't seem to be going so well for you Americans. Your culture is very sick.!! Making stars out of people that do porn shows.... or omctomom.... grab a brain people, you create your own stupidty. Grab some morals and values- glad I don't live there -PATHETIC

795 days ago


71 were shot but only 59 wounded? I don't get it.

795 days ago


Another white guy on a murder spree. I am scared of these white people roaming the streets of our beautiful nation. Not only are they the biggest welfare recipients in the country, not only are they involved in every major peadophile ring, they think they have a harder life than other ethnicities in this country. Socialists ! All of them!! Get your hands out of our pockets, stop harassing children and stop your mass murder.

795 days ago


not even safe to go to the damn movies anymore what ppl got to do stay at the house everyday all day smh

795 days ago


Another white guy on a murder spree. I am scared of these white people roaming the streets of our beautiful nation. Not only are they the biggest welfare recipients in the country, not only are they involved in every major peadophile ring, they think they have a harder life than other ethnicities in this country. Socialists ! All of them!! Get your hands out of our pockets, stop harassing children and stop your mass murder.

795 days ago
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