By Sadie Gennis,
A lone gunman tossed tear gas into an Aurora, Colo., movie theater before opening fire at a Friday midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing at least 12 people and injuring 38 others, CNN reports.
The wounded victims range from 3 months old to 45 years. Some still remain in critical condition.
The suspect, a 24-year-old male, is now in custody. Police apprehended him in a parking lot behind the Century 16 Movie Theater. The man was carrying a rifle and a handgun, and police found another gun inside the theater, police spokesman Frank Fania told CNN. "He did not resist. He did not put up a fight," Fania said. The suspect's home is currently being searched for possible explosive materials or devices.
Police did not release the suspect's name, but NBC reports that his name is James Holmes.
The attack started around 12:30 a.m. when the suspect, who wore a gas mask -- similar to the movie's villain Bane -- threw a canister of tear gas into the theater through an emergency exit door and then opened fire. At first, some moviegoers believed the shots were part of one of the film's action sequences. The shooting was reported nine minutes later.
Shortly after the shooting, Warner Bros. canceled Friday's Paris premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. "Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident," the company said in a statement. "We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."
A witness recorded people fleeing the scene on his cell phone. Watch the footage here >
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