At least ten are dead and twenty wounded in a shooting at midnight showing of the new Batman movie near Denver
Up to ten people are reported to have been killed after a man opened fire at a Dark Knight Rises film premiere near Denver, Colorado.
The midnight showing was taking place at the Century 16 Theatre in Aurora.
Brenda Stuart of 850 KOA Radio told Sky News that the audience initially: "Thought the gunshots were part of the movie."
Tear gas was also used in the attack, she said, and a bomb squad are reportedly searching for a further explosive device in the car park. Witnesses say a man wearing a gas mask was seen during the attack.
One report has as many as 40 victims of the shooting, including at least 4 kids.
It is unclear who is responsible for this attack, which could certainly be classified as a terrorist incident.
UPDATE -- 3:10 AM Mountain Time: One report has bullets tearing through the wall from the neighboring theater.
Another notes that there may have been a bomb blast in the parking lot.
One is in custody at this time (3:10 AM Mountain Time), but there is the possibility that another assailant is in the theater or the connected shopping mall.
UPDATE 2 -- 3:15 AM Mountain Time: Business Insider provides the following information.
Reuters reports that a figure in a gas mask opened fire on the crowd outside a mall theatre in the Denver suburb. The perpetrator also set off a smoke or tear gas bomb.
ABCNews is reporting live on the air that 250 police are on the scene, including senior FBI officials from the Denver office.
UPDATE 3 -- 3:25 AM Mountain Time: Latest reports indicate only one gunman -- weapon has been recovered and will be sent for testing.
Already the discussion as to need for more security at movie theaters and other public places/events.
Updated death toll is currently 14 according to live press conference by Aurora police chief. Gunman released a canister that emitted hissing sound, opened fire. Shooter had rifle, handgun, and gas mask when arrested outside theater.
UPDATE 4 -- 3:30 AM Mountain Time: Gunman claimed to have additional explosives at his residence when arrested -- apartment building evacuated in response.
UPDATE 5 -- 3:40 AM Mountain Time: Explosives found in gunman's apartment according to Denver CBS affiliate.
UPDATE 6 -- 4:40 AM Mountain Time: New reports indicate shooter kicked in an emergency exit door, tossed the smoke/tear gas grenade and opened fire on moviegoers.
UPDATE 7 -- 5:00 AM Mountain Time: Shooter had THREE guns -- rifle, handgun, and unknown other gun stashed in theater. Also wearing bullet-proof vest in addition to gas mask. Shooter described as white male in his 20s.
UPDATE 8 -- 9:00 AM Mountain Time: Current casualty rate is 12 dead, 38 wounded. Youngest victim is 3 months old -- fortunately the baby will survive. No explanation or the revision of the number of dead downward. Apartment is booby trapped.