Batman fans killed at 'Dark Knight Rises'
A masked gunman killed 14 people and wounded 50 others at a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in Denver, Colorado.
Local police told CNN that they've arrested one suspect and there was no evidence of a second gunman. Dozens of police were at the scene of the crime and authorities had to evacuate the area as they checked for explosive devices.
Denver's KOA radio station reported that a figure in a gas mask had opened fire at the showing in a mall in the suburb of Aurora, and set off a smoke or tear gas bomb. CNN quoted one witness as saying he saw a "guy slowly making his way up the stairs and firing, picking random people".
It said local hospitals were alerted to a "mass casualty incident". Police chief Dan Oates told a news briefing that 10 people died on site and four died later in area hospitals.
A spokeswoman for Denver's Swedish Medical Centre said three people had been admitted with gunshot wounds and were in critical condition. Another hospital, Denver Health, had received six wounded, one of whom was in critical condition, spokeswoman Kalena Wilkinson said.
A witness told CNN: "We heard anywhere from 10 to 20 shots and little explosions going on. Shortly after that we heard people screaming. Then they came on PA system and said everyone needed to get out. As soon as we got out, there were people running around and screaming."
He said friends had told him the gunman was wearing a gas mask. Another witness said the gunman opened fire during a shoot-out scene in the movie, leading to confusion. The movie theatre also filled with thick smoke, he said.
Published: 20th July 2012