Tragic Opening Night In Colorado Theater

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(Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)

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Early reports indicate that approximately 50 people were hurt and at least 13 were killed when a masked gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises at a mall in Aurora, Colorado.

According to witnesses on, at least one gunman fired into the audience 15 minutes into the midnight showing of the film. Police confirmed that the gunman — who entered theater number 9 was wearing a gas mask and released a canister filled with gas — fired a rifle multiple times into the audience. Aurora police chief Dan Oates said that 10 died during the attack, and four more died in area hospitals.

One person is in police custody, and authorities are saying that it appears this suspect acted alone. Police, however, are still scouring the immediate area and other local movie theaters for any possible accomplices. A Colo. bomb squad was also called to check reports that an explosion occurred within the movie theater, and to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked outside of the cinema.

At an early morning press conference, Oates said his officers found the gunman with a mask, a rifle and a handgun by his car behind the theater. The police chief added that the suspect told officers after being taken into custody that there may be explosives in his car and apartment. Oates told reporters that the authorities are currently securing a residence in North Aurora.

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