At least 14 fans attending a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises Friday morning were killed when a gunman opened fire on the audience in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver.
Another estimated 50 were wounded, including a 6-year-old girl, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters, according to CNN.
Police apprehended the suspect – who was said to be heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest – in a rear parking lot of the theater, police spokesman Frank Fania told CNN. “He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said.
The name of the suspect, said to be 24 years old, has not been released. His home is currently being searched for possible explosive materials or devices.
The attack in the theater began when he tossed a canister of tear gas into the crowd through an emergency exit door, reports CNN affiliate KUSA. He then opened fire. Some moviegoers thought he was part of the show.
“We saw people running around and screaming,” an unidentified man told KUSA. Another moviegoer said the gunman wore a gas mask and moved through the theater, firing randomly.
Of those shot, 10 people were killed in the theater and another five died at area hospitals, Oates told CNN.
Of the wounded, at least 20 were being treated at the University of Colorado Hospital for minor to critical gunshot wounds, spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery told CNN.
At the moment, the Dark Knight Rises cast is in Paris for a scheduled red carpet premiere on the Champs-Elysees Friday night. us has been told that Warner Bros. has canceled all interviews related to the movie opening, as well as the premiere itself.
Additional reporting by PETER MIKELBANK