A fair warning to readers, what you’re about to read contains details that will shock you and will most likely even disturb you, but we felt the need to relay the following information:
Around 12:05am this morning during one of the many midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises, tragedy struck movie-goers in Aurora, Colorado. A gas-masked man came in through one of the emergency exits, armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, claiming at least 12 victims and injuring more than 50 (including a 3-month-old baby).
To keep the crowd within the theater, he is said to have unleashed a noxious gas throughout the vicinity before opening fire. Witnesses say they had to decide between “staying on the ground, helping wounded victims or running away” before the masked man was able to reload his equipment. However, some are said to have been shot while trying to escape.
As of right now, a 24-year-old man named James Holmes is in custody after being spotted in the parking lot with weaponry. According to CNN, he did not resist arrest.
The studio behind the Batman franchise released the following statement: “Warner Bros. 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.”
Since then, Gossip Cop says that WB has “canceled Friday’s The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Paris and all interviews with the movie’s stars in the wake of the stunning tragedy.” More details to come as the story unfolds. Until then, our thoughts are with all of those who were lost and/or affected by this disastrous event.
UPDATE: President Obama cancelled a pre-planned press conference to acknowledge the blight. He states, “We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless… Something to take away from this tragedy is that life is really fragile. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things that so often consume us in our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat each other and how we love one another.”
ABC News spoke with the mother of the alleged criminal. When prompted about her son, she exclaims, “You have the right person. I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”