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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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121.

yipcarl    

Hey there is no God we came from Apes..move along and think you can have a normal society. GO AHEAD, THROW GOD AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GUILT AWAY, THROW IT ALL AWAY. JUST WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE NEXT 10 YEARS BRINGS, THIS IS A PICNIC.

763 days ago
122.

francesca fleury    

My thoughts and prayers go out the the innocent victims and their families. What is our world coming to when someone has little regard for human life. It's really scary now when you have to be careful at a movie or other public places, the world has changed so much with so many people losing someone they love from violence.

763 days ago
123.

J    

Really....3 month old baby at a midnight showing of Batman....nice one.

763 days ago
124.

Pam    

It was just announced that the 6 year old little girl died.

763 days ago
125.

mike    

hmmmm maybe u guys should stop allowing guns, that would be a good start for your country. not every crazy person in canada can go get a gun and we rarely have shootings.

763 days ago
126.

Riley    

There go the anti-piracy ads.

763 days ago
127.

Please!!!     

My prayers go out to the victims of the theatre shooting in Colorado. R.I.P to the 12 victims who were killed and God be with the ones who was injured! Lord have mercy!

763 days ago
128.

Victoria    

Went to 8a.m. screening in Las Vegas - saw it on Tuesday at private screening.

Music so loud I missed one VERY IMPORTANT word at the end!

Who brings a 3-month old to a Batman movie?

763 days ago
129.

melissalovesfern    

Why would you take a 3 month old to a late night movie ??? I don't even know what to say

763 days ago
130.

dick felterflapp    

funny how tmz never forgets to display what hussein has said about a subject. but they must have overlooked any comment from mitt romney. gee, probably just a minor oversight. and from such an open minded, unbiased crew. yeah...right.

763 days ago
131.

Kevinator    

I'm having a big problem with Obama's requesting of everyone today: Moments of silence and prayers for those involved in the shooting. I agree! But I don't agree with his hobnobbing around with celebrities on taxpayer dollars (campaigning at Sarah Jessica Parker's house) , then stepping back and saying "Oh, what a horrible event!" RIP to all those who have died in Colorado and our prayers are, indeed, with their families and those who are injured.

763 days ago
132.

Voice of Reason    

Gun control only takes guns out of the hands of good people. Bad guys will always have access to guns illegally. This is a social issue and also a mental illness issue I'm guessing as well that went undiagnosed which is the tragic part because "that" is what should have stopped him from purchasing any firearm from a dealer. Either way NO LAW can stop suck a thing from happening.

763 days ago
133.

E    

Damn white people what the **** you got to say about this ****, this is certifiable crazy. Like dude swore he was the JOKER or BANE and decides to shoot up a ****ing movie theater of innocent people. Now defend that , the white race isn't looking so superior or HOLIER THAN THOU. Shall others call you all ****ing animals incapable of thinking rationally and act like model citizens or should we cower in fear when you all walk into a room and treat you with KID GLOVES so you won't ****ing snap and shoot up a school or a movie theater. Shall we keep a close eye on our children for fear that you will molest them as they go away to college or go to church. I bet this sounds rather racist and cruel, well the answer is IT SURE THE **** DOES and this is what TMZ comments always look like when a person of color does something deviant in society, case in point CHRIS BROWN. White people never surprise me with the racist attacks on non-whites. Anyways I digress

THIS IS A ****ING TRAGEDY OF EPIC PROPORTION AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THOSE HURT IN THIS SITUATION. TIME WILL NOT HEAL BUT IT WILL GIVE THE ABILITY TO COPE. I'M GOING TO HUG MY FAMILY AND GIVE MY FRIENDS A CALL BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO ****ING SHORT.

763 days ago
134.

Babydoll0630    

I'M FVCKING SCARED TO GO NOW......IT HAPPENED RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE I LIVE. NOT TO MENTION A COUPLE GUYS FROM MY HUSBANDS WORK WERE IN THE FLIPPING THEATRE...Drive in now ty.........OMFG.

763 days ago
135.

Aces007    

People going too enjoy themselves at the Movie's and this happens. Just CRAZINESS. My Heart goes out too all Involved. You and Your families will be In my thoughts and Prayer's............

763 days ago
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