Update: 9:00 – The suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early Friday propped open a rear exit door, threw in a smoking canister and began shooting at people before surrendering to authorities at the scene, a federal law enforcement source involved in the investigation said.
Update: 8:50 – Warner Bros. issued a statement Friday morning following the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” saying, the company “is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.” A representative for Warner Bros. confirmed that the Paris premiere for the film has been canceled.
8:19 – (CNN) Law enforcement officers have found “items of interest” in the apartment of the suspect in the Colorado movie theater mass shooting Friday, a federal law enforcement source involved in the investigation told HLN.
7:23 – (CNN) — Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said he was “deeply saddened” by the Colorado movie theater shooting Friday, adding, “We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”
Update: 7:21 – Officials have released the name of the alleged gunman. The 24-year-old suspect in custody is James Holmes, of North Aurora.
Update: 7:10 a.m. – Aurora, Colorado officials reduce death toll to 12 in movie theater shooting
7:00 – (CNN) — President Barack Obama said he was “shocked and saddened” by the Colorado movie theater shooting and pledged the administration’s full support to the victims.
(CNN) — At least 12 people were killed and 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.
The heavily armed suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was apprehended by police in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman told CNN. The identity of the suspect has not immediately been released.
“He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said.
Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman.
The mass shooting occurred during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater, police and witnesses said.
“We saw people running around and screaming,” a man, who was not identified, told CNN affiliate KUSA.
He said there was confusion in the theater when the shooting began because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.
Oates said that the suspect used some sort of “smoke device” before opening fire in the theater.
Witnesses, however, told KUSA that the gunman kicked in an emergency exit door and threw a smoke bomb into the darkened theater before opening fire.
Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. All of the wounded suffered from gunshot wounds, which ranged from minor to critical, she said.
“They’re arriving by police, by ambulance. Some are walking in,” she said.
CNN’s Chelsea J. Carter, Ed Payne and Jim Spellman contributed to this report.
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