A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado at a midnight opening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.
“This is sad news to have woken up to this morning. Sad, unbelievable news,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake on set at a video shoot. “Glad to have heard the gunmen has been apprehended–we extend our sincere and deepest prayers to the victims families in this time of need.”
In other reports, moviegoers did not know what was happening and some thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd.
“I told my friend ‘we’ve got to get out of here,’ but then he shot people trying to go out the exits,” Jennifer Seeger told NBC’s “Today.” She said the shooter made his way up the aisle, firing as he went, saying nothing.
This has been the worst mass shooting since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999 where 12 students were found dead and 26 injured.
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