Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater, 50 injured: 71 injured by bullet wounds. President Obama, Romney, show class before a nation in mourning

(CNN)-A heavily armed gunman attacked an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater early Friday, tossing tear gas before opening fire on the terrified audience and killing 12 and wounding 38, authorities said. The theater was showing the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

One of the injured was just 3 months old, hospital workers said.

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the movie’s premiere. Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.

It was a scene “straight out of a horror film,” said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater.

‘The guy beside me was shot’ Witness: He pointed gun at my face Witness: Little girl wasn’t moving Listen to theater shooting 911 calls. “He was just literally shooting everyone, like hunting season,” Ramos said of the shooter.

Police officers swarming to the theater encountered bloody, groaning victims streaming out of the theater. Others remained inside, many with gruesome injuries, according to recordings of emergency calls with dispatchers.

Victims flooded overwhelmed hospitals.

“I don’t know how else to explain it, it’s horrific,” said Tracy Lauzon, director of EMS and trauma services at Aurora Medical Center.

Two federal law enforcement officers identified the suspect as James Holmes, 24, of Aurora.

Authorities recovered four guns – a rifle similar to an AR-15, a shotgun and two Glock handguns, a senior official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms familiar with the investigation told CNN. It was unclear how many of the weapons were fired, the official said.

Read full story at CNN.


~ by Rafael Martel on July 20, 2012.

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