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Hundreds of Batman fans filled in their seats in Theater 9 of Aurora, Colorado for the premier of the new movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Only a mere 30 minutes after the movie began at midnight, 911 calls were made after the unthinkable happened.
A man dressed in a gas mask, covered in multiple guns came through the emergency exit door of one of the theaters, threw in a smoke bomb and began shooting among children, adults and teenagers when they started to run leaving 12 dead and at least 50 wounded.
Witnesses from theaters next door reported hearing a series of explosions and up to 20 gunshots after the scene became chaotic.
At least 100 witnesses were taken to a nearby high school to be interviewed and questioned about the massacre.
Police and FBI have captured the suspect believed to be responsible for the theater shooting.
James Holmes, 24, is currently in custody.
It is reported that Holmes fired shots in the theater, then fleeing to the parking lot where he was confronted by police whom were already at the location due to crowd control before the premiere.
Holmes was wearing a bullet proof vest as well as a rifle strapped over his back and two handguns.
It is possible that the guns were placed in the theater before the shooting.
Police have reported that Holmes’ apartment is booby trapped.
Authorities have evacuated five surrounding buildings.
Police Chief, Dan Oates, said that bomb technicians are working to determine how to disarm the flammable and explosive materials that exist in the third-floor apartment.
After police and FBI agents used a ladder fire truck, they attached a camera to the end of a 12-foot pole to see inside the apartment.
Police report that the images of inside the suspect’s home are disturbing and the devices trapping the apartment look to be sophisticated.
According to the Denver Post, James Wilburn was sitting second row in the theater when the emergency door opened and the man came through the door.
“He was dressed in black,” said Wilburn, “wearing a flack jacket and a gas mask.”
Wilburn reported the gunman dropped a canister that began spewing a noxious gas to. He raised the shotgun and repeatedly fired toward the back of the theater.
Wilburn and his friends dove to floor of the theater hiding behind the seats in front of them as the gunman stood only a mere five or six feet away according to Wilburn.
According to the Denver Post, once the shotgun was empty, he calming dropped the empty weapon to the floor, took his rifle and began shooting once again.
“There were bullet casings just falling on my head, they were burning my forehead,” said Jennifer Seeger who was at the theater, according to News on 6.
Seeger added that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload.
Seeger explained how she began to crawl to the exit when she a 14-year-old girl lying lifeless on the stairs.
Children as young as four-months-old and six-years-old were being treated for gunshot wounds, according to News on 6.
President Obama says he is shocked as well as saddened by the shooting and has urged the nation to come together as one “American family.”
The President explained that he and his administration will do everything they can to support the people of Aurora, Colorado.
According to the White House, Obama, who was in Florida at the time of the shootings, was informed by Homeland Security Advisory, John Brennan.
This is reported as the deadliest shooting in U.S. since the massacre of Fort Hood back in 2009.
Updates will be reported as the story develops.