12 Dead in Colo. Shooting at Dark Knight Movie
50 injured in assault rifle rampage
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 3:19 AM CDT
Updated Jul 20, 2012 5:06 AM CDT
The shooting rampage occurred during a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises.'   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips)

(Newser) – A least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in Colorado early this morning when a gunman kicked in a theater exit door during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire with an assault rifle, NBC reports. (Earlier reports put the toll at 14.) The rampage occurred at a Century 16 theater in an Aurora mall outside Denver after the gunman apparently tossed a tear gas canister into the theater before opening fire. A suspect, who was wearing a gas mask, is in custody. Initially, some movie fans thought the gunshots were part of the film, according to a reporter for 850 KOA Radio. Others thought "they heard firecrackers, then they saw the bullets flying," she added, citing witnesses.

Panicked moviegoers stampeded for the doors when they realized what was happening as the six-foot gunman clad in black continued to squeeze off rounds. Three local hospitals were alerted to prepare for a "mass casualty" incident. Some of the 50 injured are in critical condition. The Denver suburb has been hit with a spate of violence recently, with a number of shootings in the past few weeks, according to the Denver Post.

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Jul 24, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of so many innocent lives in this senseless act. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the victims. Someone created a memorial page for these victims on Evertalk within Facebook. There is a memorial fund on this page and people can donate to help the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. Here's the page. https://apps.facebook.com/evertalk/index/memorial/victimscolorado2137
Jul 20, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
Is it time for the "mother of all"class action lawsuits against the GUN PIMPING industry? with their big money mouths, slick lies and their "guns don't kill people" rhetoric. Wake up America these people are THE REAL ENEMIES and as such have the blood of millions of innocent men, women and children on their souls.The second ammendment was written in a time of muzzle loaders and not much in the way of law and order.Gun lovers GET A LIFE !
Jul 20, 2012 2:33 PM CDT
Why the hell did the guy do it?