A masked gunman killed 12 people and injured 50 at the midnight screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises in Denver, Colorado on Friday, July 20th.
The man reportedly hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and fired with his gun, causing panic to the moviegoers in a mall in the Aurora suburb.
According to the police, the gunman went to the front of the theater and released a canister which produced a hissing sound before he opened fire. He was wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest.
A suspect was caught at the parking lot behind the theater and was identified as James Holmes, 24 years old and a local resident. Witnesses said he opened fire with three weapons.
Warner Bros. Pictures released a statement following the incident. It says:
“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
Even U.S. President Obama released the following message:
“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”