July 20th, 2012
04:51 AM ET

Police: 12 killed, 38 injured in shooting at Colo. movie theater

A heavily armed gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded 38 more during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.

Earlier, police said 14 had been killed.

Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN. The suspect was not immediately identified, though Fania said he was believed to be in his early 20s.

"He did not resist. He did not put up a fight," Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said.


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  1. Don Patriot

    Gun laws do not apply TO CRIMINALS YOU FOOLS!!

    July 20, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bang Yer Shot

    According to witnesses, the shooter kicked in the emergency exit door in theater 9, threw some sort of disorienting smoke bombs and started shooting.

    Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.
    "Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.
    Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."

    Swedish Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Williams says two people injured at the theater have arrived at the hospital in critical condition.

    She says emergency workers have said there could be several more patients.
    Local hospitals were reportedly alerted to a "mass casualty incident."

    July 20, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Who it be

    Million dollars says it was a black guy, guess that comment is racist and instead of dealing with the facts that black people kill in record numbers we'll just have another "national conversation on race". I love them, their about as useless as stop the killing marches. What say u rev al ?

    July 20, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Githm

      Many of us know, that is most likely not true. This is the work of a white male or white males. The method of the attack points to a white male.This is the Denver area. It has one of the largest neo nazi/skin head/white supremacist memberships in this country. That's why so many white males are flocking to this story to comment. You can sense their excitement. They know who really did this and some are tossing out the propaganda in their comments to stir the pot. This is a plan, long discussed, in their circles. The armed assault of America...by Americans. In an attempt to "take America back". Some of us know exactly who is behind this. Just like what happened in Alabama a few days ago. White males will be coming out if the woodwork doing this on a regular basis soon.

      July 20, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bang Yer Shot

    Do I still get my free popcorn refill?

    July 20, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bang Yer Shot

    It was a damn muslim. They are the reason why jews start all these wars in the first place.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Randy Johnson

    More guns is the ONLY answer – like totally do people like totally not get this – like the kids in the theater should have had a gun. Look at all the multiple gun death situations where people killed the bad guy before he did his work – (duh – like I can't really remember any) – so in spite of the fact every American packs a gun – maybe get another one? That way there could be one in the left pocket or right pocket – and maybe a gun holster to wear around the chest. Just think if the movie you are at has a loud gun shot in it (maybe or maybe not from the movie) – its simple – just get out your right pocket gun if you are holding your popcorn in your left hand or vise versa! If you have a drink in your left hand and the popcorn in your right hand then you get your friend to grab the one out of your chest holster – and just go rat -ta -tat wherever you hear another rat-ta-tat going on. Sweet stuff being in the USA hey????

    July 20, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kami Iriarte

    We should pray for the victims, the injured, and their families only GOD can help them through this painful time

    July 20, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bang Yer Shot

    Randy Johnson, how did you get out this time?

    July 20, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Randy Johnson

    Umm – I would bet it would be an 'all american name' like Jarrod Lee Laughner – bought the stuff at walmart and welcome to the land of the NRA

    July 20, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bang Yer Shot

    ALLAH ACKBAR! Welcome to the United States of Arabia

    July 20, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don Patriot

    Hey idiots, criminals will not follow gun laws. You want only criminals to be armed? Just so you can "feel safer" ? Foolish mentallities. Get your heads out of the playground sand you government clinging fools. Wake up to reallity.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. marvel

    I can only see more death in your solution: friendly fire would have killed a lot more if everybody had a gun and started shooting at the shooter.t

    July 20, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. kamisaki

    Too bad they weren't all carrying guns and gas masks. I'd like to see a licensed gun toter shoot accurately, in the dark, after being tear-gassed. Yep, more concealed weapons are definitely the answer.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      So you are saying that somehow a lunatc with absolute freedom to shoot people unchallenged is somehow better than someone stepping up and taking a shot at ending the madness? Even if the shots don't all land on the target, at the very least you have tossed an unexpected event into his plan, so at the very least he may stop shooting the unarmed citizens and go for the one shooting at him. Odds are he will do what most cowards do; turn tail and run. This kind of thinking makes no sense, the desire to just sit and be victimized rather than take a chance and make a difference. You should be ashamed.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Don Won

      Ah yes, the "infallible" logic that more guns makes the world a safer place. Because a better security detail for such large scale events wouldn't be the better option. Lets not get into the debate of assuming everyone has gun training and knows how to take adequate aim and fire. And of course, you turn around as if your way of thinking is the only truth to respond to such incident. People similar to you going as far as calling everyone "lefties" like it's going out of style. How about us centralists? The people who see the need for armed trained MENTALLY HEALTHY individuals at some of these events for the safety and well being of the people. Adding more guns into that theater may have just prompted our murder happy friend to sneak a bomb into the back room. Violence begets violence. A more agressive stance has only in my experience caused such things to escalate. But of course, a Psychological Degree and background in criminal behaviour means squat to a pro gun "common sense" guy like yourself, right?

      July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • angrybabykitty

      I agree that security would have been a good idea but I also agree that in cases where someone is actively shooting someone else using force on the attacker can stop the attacker. Just another point of view to consider.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woogie

      Yes, because the most logical thing to do in a dark, packed theater clouded with tear gas with hundreds of people screaming and trying to flee is to open fire.

      And where would those other shots end up? More likely than not, in some innocent bystander.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      By the way, I have been tear gassed before. It sucks, but you can still see, and I am a damn good pistol marksman. But would I just randomly spray bullets in the general direction of the assailant? Absolutely not! I always wait until I positively identify my target. Even putting a few rounds into the air will force the shooter to re-think his strategy. All I know is there is nothing less effective than doing nothing.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NRA

      I agree with you 100% nut unfortunately you would probably get shot by the cops while the real bad guy gets away...

      July 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • angrybabykitty

      I really don't think anyone would be sure what they would do in that situation. I will say that doing something would be better than doing nothing at all.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. whattime

    Since the yellow Journalists at CNN and MSNBC refuse to identify the suspect we know the terrorist is a member of one of their agenda protected minority, perhaps an illegal gang banger Big Sis refused to deport. Gives new meaning to dream act amnesty.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Githm

    You'll notice commenters like "bang yer shot" and "don patriot" are all fired up about this event. They are actually excited and giddy. They have been waiting for this. They are closer to this than you can imagine. And there are many of them In this country. And in many ways, they are hoping for more of this.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
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