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Original post, 5:48 a.m. July 20: The Aurora Police Department has just put out its first official release about the horrific shooting at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. In it, the confirmed casualty count has been changed from fourteen to twelve -- but that shouldn't be taken as the final word on this dreadful subject, since the total number of people shot, including the deceased, continues to be estimated at approximately fifty.
Other important information contained in the release: The gunman is said to be an Aurora resident in his early twenties. He offered no resistance when police took him into custody, and the cops didn't have to go far to arrive at the scene; main police headquarters is at 15001 East Alameda Parkway, while the theater complex is at 14300 E Alameda Avenue, only a short distance away. At this point, the shooter appears to have acted alone, police say. He had a rifle and a handgun (as well as a gas mask) with him at the time of his arrest, but the cops note a third gun remains inside the theater -- along with ten bodies of people killed at the scene.
We'll continue to update this post with new information. In the meantime, here's the entire release.
Aurora, Colo. -- Aurora Police are investigating a shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater, located at 14300 E Alameda Ave, involving approximately 50 victims with at least 12 confirmed dead. On July 20, 2012, at about 12:39 a.m., police received numerous calls of the shooting. Officers arrived on scene moments after the first calls and arrested one party at the rear of the theater.
Police were told the suspect "appeared" at the front of one of the theaters, threw some type of gas or explosive device and started shooting.
When the suspect was arrested, police recovered one rifle, one handgun and a gas mask. A third gun is still inside the theater. The suspect is an adult male Aurora resident in his early twenties. He offered no resistance when he was arrested. At this time, the police have no evidence that any additional suspects were involved other than the person arrested.
The Police Department can confirm that 12 persons are deceased, with the bodies of 10 victims still at the crime scene inside the theater. At least two more victims died at area hospitals. The Police Department previously released a preliminary number of 14 dead, but only 12 can be confirmed at this time. Approximately 50 total persons were shot, including the deceased.
Victims were transported to at least six area hospitals. Many were rushed immediately to hospitals in police cars by responding officers. The injured and dead include a wide age range. The conditions of the injured also vary, with some suffering very serious wounds.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this investigation. Officers and deputies responded from almost every local police and sheriffs' department in the metropolitan area.
Police are using Gateway High School, located at 1300 S. Sable Blvd., as a meeting location for family members seeking to reunite with loved ones.
Aurora Police will hold a press conference at approximately 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, to provide further information. The location will likely be outside the theater where the shooting occurred but the location may be changed.
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