“AURORA — Fourteen people were killed and about 50 were injured early Friday when shots rang out at an Aurora movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie,” the Denver Post is reporting.
“A 24-year-old suspect in is custody and an aparment building connected to the suspect was being evacuated and searched for possible explosives, according to Police Chief Dan Oates.
“Ten people died at the theater and four others died at hospitals.
“Sometime after 1 a.m., police received reports of gunshots at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center.
“Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles were outside the mall.
“Police from all over the metro area had been called to the scene.
“Witnesses told reporters that the gunman was masked and clad in black. “Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister.’ Oates said. ‘They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire.’
“A witness, Bejamin Fernandez, 30, said he was watching the movie when he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted ‘get down!”
“He says he saw people falling, including one young girl.
“Salina Jordan, 19, was in Theater 8 and saw people hit in her theater. She said one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9 years old.
“She said it sounded like firecrackers until someone ran into Theater 8 yelling ‘they’re shooting out here!’
“The police came running in, telling people to run out. Some police were carrying, dragging bodies, she said.
“Police had set up a command post near the Dillards and were interviewing hundreds of possible witnesses. Some were taken by buses to Gateway High School for questioning.”
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