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Early this morning, a gunman allegedly opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The suspect, who is in police custody, allegedly killed at least 14 people. Another 50 were wounded and have been taken to area hospitals.
The Denver Post reports that Police Chief Dan Oates said that the suspect is a 24-year-old man. Oates said that there was no evidence of a second shooter, but the suspect made a comment that there were explosives at his apartment. His apartment has now been evacuated and is being searched.
Oates told the media that 10 died at the Aurora Town Center’s Century 16 Movie Theaters, while another four died at the hospital.
The identity of the suspect has not been released. Police also say that he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
One witness told 9News that the shooter came in to the theater through an exit and was wearing a gas mask. Another said that he threw gas bombs into the theater before shooting.
“He looked so calm when he did it,” the second eyewitness told 9News. “It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot.”
The witness added, “He had no specific target. He just started letting loose.”
There were three theaters playing the film, and most were wounded in Theater 9. the shooter did open fire in other theaters.
Police discovered the suspect outside the theater near his car. “A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside,” Oates said in a press conference.
According to The Associated Press, the youngest victim was 6-years-old, who died at Children's Hospital Colorado, where six victims were taken.
Aurora is located 10 miles southeast of Denver.
The following is footage from a witness posted by a local news outlet:
President Obama has released a statement, saying that he is "shocked and saddened" by the "horrific and tragic" shooting.
UPDATE: The death toll has been lowered to 12.
UPDATE #2: Federal officials have told NBC News that the suspect's name is James Holmes.