CNN is reporting that at least 12 people were killed and 50 injured in a shooting inside the Cinema 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., after a masked gunman allegedly opened fire on the audience gathered for a midnight screening of the new Batman film.
According to eyewitness reports, the alleged gunman, 24 year old James Holmes, entered the theater about twenty minutes into the film, and walked up the stairs of the theater while shooting at people at random.
Ten of the victims died on site. Reports indicate that the youngest member of the Batman movie shooting was a three-year-old infant, who was said to still be alive Friday morning.
Some of those who were in the theater at the time of the shooting took to Twitter to express their shock and thankfulness that they had survived the seemingly random and senseless attack.
“Shots fired in the theater #batman #aurora #Colorado,” tweeted one witness of the shooting, named Caitlin. She later tweeted, “Oh God, I don’t know what to do.”
The suspect, who is currently in custody, allegedly released canisters of tear gas before opening fire. Additionally, he told police that there were explosives back at his apartment.
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A gas mask, rifle, handgun, and at least one additional weapon were found at the site of the crime.
Police are currently scouring the suspect’s apartment, where they have told CNN they have found items of interest.
Let’s be sure to keep our brothers and sisters in prayer. Violence is becoming all to recurrent in our communities.
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