James Holmes, 24, has been identified as the suspect in the killing of 12 people during a Dark Knight Rises premiere at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, now being called the Theater Shooting. James Holmes, who stunned then opened fire on the helpless crowd, has been apprehended. The FBI announced that they have over 100 officers at the cinema and Holmes’ apartment, where he claims to have a cache of explosives. We will update this piece as more information on the devastating event unfolds.
24 year old white male, James Holmes, who has no previous record, was identified as the suspect. Holmes was apprehended by police in the rear of the theater and his motive remains unclear.
“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.
Police spokesman Frank Fania said that Holmes was heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest and a mask as he kicked in the emergency door of the Aurora, Colorado theater, employed tear gas to disorient the crowd, then opened fire.
“We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant,” witness Christ Jones told ABC’s Denver affiliate KMGH. “I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two.”
One Reddit user posted images of his wounds with the following text:
i am one of the 50 wounded in the aurora theatre shooting. here are a few photos of my very lucky but nonethless terrifying brush with death. my thoughts go out to those less fortunate than me.
Take a look at his photos and more from local 9NEWS below:
Authorities evacuated the suspect’s apartment building after he made a statement about the presence of explosives at the location. Bomb disposal units were rushed to the building and, after surveying the scene, confirmed that the residence is booby trapped.
Police Chief Dan Oates said the explosive devices were “pretty sophisticated.”
“We could be here for days,” he added.
Amateur Video Outside of the Theater Shooting in Aurora, Colorado [VIDEO]:
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President Obama has already issued a statement offering his condolences:
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted be moments of darkness and challenge, we much now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
The Wall Street Journal noted that the incident is “the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since 33 people were killed in 2007 at Virginia Tech and the worst in Colorado since the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999.”
The FBI announced that 100 of its agents are on the scene assisting with the ongoing investigation.
Aurora is located on the southeast outskirts of Denver, approximately 10 miles from downtown.
Local news station 9NEWS is covering the incident live. Head here to see their investigation.
We will continue to update this piece as more information becomes available.