At Least 13 Dead After Shooting During Dark Knight Screening in Aurora, Colorado
Gunman released some sort of canister, gas emerged then person opened fire, rifle and handgun found. A suspect is now in custody.
(KOA DENVER) -- At least 13 people have been killed and up to 50 injured after a mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a suburban Denver movie theater, police say.
The suspect, identified by federal law enforcement officials as James Holmes, 24, is in police custody. KUSA reports that Holmes kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some type of a smoke bomb and began shooting when moviegoers started to run.
Witnesses say they heard a series of explosions and up to 20 gunshots after the scene grew chaotic. About 100 witnesses were taken to a local high school to be questioned by police.
Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the Aurora, Colo., theater after frantic 911 calls around 12:30 a.m. local time, officials said.
Holmes reportedly fired shots inside the theater and fled to the parking lot and was confronted by police already at the theater for crowd control.
Holmes wore a bulletproof vest, police said, and was carrying a rifle and two handguns. The handguns may have been placed in the theater before the shooting.
FBI spokesman Jason Pack said theres no indication in the investigation so far of any connection to terrorism.
WATCH: Cell phone video from inside the theater just moments after the shooting (WARNING: GRAPHIC)
WATCH: Witnesses describe what happened