Gunman kills 14 People at Batman’s Movie Theater in Colorado
At least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning (today) screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.
The heavily armed suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater.
The identity of the suspect has not immediately been released.
“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.
Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman.
The mass shooting occurred during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater, police and witnesses said.
“We saw people running around and screaming,” a man, who was not identified
He said there was confusion in the theater when the shooting began because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.
Oates said that the suspect used some sort of “smoke device” before opening fire in the theater.
Witnesses, however, told Newsmen that the gunman kicked in an emergency exit door and threw a smoke bomb into the darkened theater before opening fire.
Witnesses first thought gunfire was part of movie Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. All of the wounded suffered from gunshot wounds, which ranged from minor to critical, she said.
“They’re arriving by police, by ambulance. Some are walking in,” she said.