‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Massacre — TwitPics and Mobile Phone Footage from Aurora [VIDEO]
At least 12 people are confirmed dead and 38 wounded after a gunman opened fire on a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” spoke with reporters including E! News‘s Ken Baker and entertainment reporter for the KTLA Morning News, Sam Rubin. Caution mature content.
President Barack Obama released this statement: “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.”
According to E! Online, “A man in a gas mask stood in front of a crowd during a screening of the film at a mall in Aurora and went on a shooting rampage.” The shooting occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. The gunman is believed to be 24-year-old James Holmes, originally from San Diego, Calif.
E! News’s Ken Baker told Ryan this morning that “a local TV station reached the mother, apparently of the suspected gunman, and she seemed to indicate that she wasn’t surprised by this. It would be something that he could have done.”
According to ABC News when contacted at her home, just as reports began to surface, his mother responded: “You have the right person. I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”
Baker also confirmed to Ryan that the Paris premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” has been canceled and that the local theater chain in Colorado has been shut down as well.
“That local theater chain is saying that they are going to be, I believe it’s Cinemark, they are going to be shutting down their theaters for the time being, they haven’t disclosed for how long,” Baker said.
Warner Bros. has released a statement saying, “Warner Bros and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved one of the victims at this tragic time”
More information is being released now about the suspected gunman including a search that is being conducted in his apartment. You can hear Ken Baker speak about that below around the 8:40 mark.
According to NBC News, Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. University officials also confirmed to NBC that he had been in the process of withdrawing from the school before the shooting.
The university has since released this statement: “On behalf of CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and the entire campus community, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of the shootings in Aurora.”
His picture has additionally been released:
Ryan also spoke to a listener, Alan, who’s grandfather just narrowly missed becoming a victim of the shooting. “My grandfather was actually going to go to that theater and he didn’t like the customer service he had gotten previously at that theater so he decided to go down the road,” he said.
“We were actually scared because he said he was in theater nine, which theater nine at the other theater was the same theater that the shootings happened.” Check out what else Alan had to say below: