Tragedy in Colorado
POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 2:07pm
Aurora, Colorado — People are still shocked after last nights deadly shooting at the Colorado movie theater during the premiere of "The Dark Night Rises."
The film was set to premiere in 3,700 theaters across North America and sold nearly $28 million in pre-sale tickets.
However, minutes after the 12:05 premiere during a shoot out scene in the movie, a gunman entered through the exit door at Aurora movie theater in Colorado and released a can of tear gas and then shot at the ceiling.
Shortly after he made his way up the aisle and shot at people in the audience without saying a word.
Earlier this morning US News reported that this horrific event resulted in 12 deaths and at least 50 wounded, ranging anywhere from 3-months-old to 45-years-old.
James Holmes, a 24-year-old Med school drop out with only a traffic citation on his record, was willingly taken as a suspect in the parking lot.
One network spoke with Holmes' mother who said she had a gut feeling her son was involved in the shooting and then said, "you have the right person....I need to fly out to Colorado."
Many people attended the premiere dressed in costumes, and the suspect was seen wearing a riot helmet, goggles, and a bullet-proof vest.
Colorado police say they are "pretty confident he acted alone," and there is no evidence of additional suspects, but some wonder how he got through the exit door alone.
Reports say he was armed with a rifle, two handguns, and a shotgun.
Some witnesses say they initially thought the gunman was a part of the show.
One witness said he watched a man sitting two seats down from him wearing a joker t-shirt get shot.
Authorities evacuated Holmes' apartment building after he indicated that it might be booby trapped.
They said it could take them hours or days to figure out how to disarm the explosive material.
Warner Bros. Pictures has spoken out saying they are, "deeply saddened to learn about this shocking moment,"
President Obama responded by saying, "there are gonna be other days for politics, this I think is a day for prayer and reflection."
Mitt Romney said, "our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy."
While this event has affected families Nationwide, there were three Texans involved, one killed and two injured.
As a result of the shooting, the red-carpet Paris premiere has been canceled and Huffington Post reports that Warner Bros. is considering cancelling all showings of the film.