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Real-Life Horror: Many Killed, Dozens Wounded At Colorado Movie Theater

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 20, 2012

The latest:

– At least 14 people are dead, police say.

– Another 50 or so were reportedly injured.

– One suspect is in custody.

The story:

A midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises turned into a horribly real scene of death and destruction in Aurora, Colo., early Friday when a gunman opened fire on the audience.

The initial report from Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates was that at least 14 people were killed and another 50 or so had been wounded. A suspect was arrested shortly after the rampage and he’s thought to have acted alone.

The Denver Post writes that:

“A witness, Bejamin Fernandez, 30, said he was watching the movie when he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted ‘get down!’

“Fernandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.”

We’ll be following this story as the day continues. Meanwhile, here are some early headlines and reports from other news outlets:

– “At Least 14 Dead In Colo. Theater Shooting.” (The Associated Press)

– “A 24-year-old suspect in is custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to the suspect was being evacuated and searched for possible explosives, according to Police Chief Dan Oates.” (The Denver Post)

– “According to witnesses, the shooter kicked in the emergency exit door in theater 9, threw some sort of disorienting smoke bombs and started shooting.” (KUSA-TV)

As we said, we’ll stay on the story. Click “refresh” to be sure you’re seeing our latest updates. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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