Story originally published at 8:25 a.m. on July 20, 2012.
A midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado erupted in chaos on Friday (July 20) morning around 12:30 a.m. when a gunman entered the theater and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding more than 38.
Police have now identified the 24-year-old man in custody who allegedly opened fire at the screening. According to ABC News, his name is James Holmes and he is a local resident. Witnesses described him kicking open the back door of the Century Aurora 16 theater and opening fire with four weapons, one AK-47-style assault rifle, a shotgun and two handguns. Wearing a bulletproof vest and goggles, he stood at the front of the theater and appeared to be shooting at victims randomly while confusing them with a tear gas-like device.
Ten of the victims died on the scene, while at least two more died later at area hospitals. It had previously been reported that 14 people had died, but CNN later downgraded the number. According to CNN the shooter was apprehended a short time late rand did not put up a fight. Officials later searched his nearby apartment after indications that there may have been explosives stored there.
Eyewitness Chris Jones told Denver’s ABC 7 News, “Everybody thought it was fireworks.” He didn’t see the gunman himself, but “when the shooting cleared, we just ran. When we got outside, it was chaos.”
At press time law enforcement officials had entered Holmes’ apartment using a fire engine ladder in a search for additional evidence. Along with police detectives, the FBI was on the scene at the apartment complex, which is five miles from the site of the shooting at the Century Aurora 16 theater. No explosives were found in the apartment during what was described as the “protective sweep,” but there were reportedly “items of interest” removed.
At press time there was no known motive for the attack, but the FBI has been called in to investigate any potential ties to terror groups or other organizations.
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