The Aurora shootings occurred on Friday, July 20, 2012, when a gunman in a gas mask opened fire during an overnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in theater nine at Century 16, a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The gunman set off a smoke grenade in the theater before he began shooting, and is believed to have killed fourteen people and injured fifty.
Injured people were treated at several hospitals including a makeshift hospital set up at the scene of the attack. Uninjured witnesses were transported to Gateway High School for de-briefing.
Area hospital intakes
- Children’s Hospital– 6 victims the youngest being 6 years old.
- Denver Health- 11 victims
- Swedish Medical Center– 3 victims
- University Medical Center– 20 victims
The 24-year-old alleged shooter was a heavily armed suspect that was wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask, walked into the emergency exit of theater 9, threw a smoke bomb and began to fire. The suspect was apprehended shortly after the shooting.Once apprehended the suspect told authorities that there was explosives in his residence. Investigators rushed to the apartment in North Aurora and which was quickly evacuated. Investigators confirmed explosives were found.
Fox Newsinitially reported that two gunmen were involved, however police have not yet found evidence of a second perpetrator. UPDATE: 12 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND DOZENS ARE INJURED AFTER A MASS SHOOTING EARLY FRIDAY IN A DARKENED MOVIE THEATER IN AURORA, COLO. THE THEATRE WAS CROWDED WITH PEOPLE WATCHING THE MIDNIGHT PREMIERE OF THE BATMAN MOVIE “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.”The alleged gunman identified as James Holmes, 24, was taken into custody in a parking lot behind the Century 16 theater after the attack.