Cinema shooting death toll revised to 12

2012-07-20 14:48

Denver - Police have revised down to 12 from 14 the death toll in the shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

Aurora Police spokesperson Frank Fania told NBC News that 10 of the victims died in the theatre and two died in the hospital.

Police have detained the alleged gunman, who has been named as 24-year-old James Holmes, but have released few details about his identity or motives.

9news reported that the suspect, after being captured by police, told authorities he had explosive materials in his apartment.

According to the Colorado-based station said police went to his apartment building at East 17th Avenue and Peoria Street in Aurora and evacuated the building immediately as a precautionary measure.

Police are searching his apartment to confirm that claim, it said.


Witnesses who spoke to 9news have described the man as wearing all black, with a bullet proof vest and what looked to be a gas mask.

"I saw a man walk in through the exit," one eyewitness told Jojola. "[He] looked like he had a gas mask on."

According to the witnesses the gunman threw two gas canisters into the cinema after busting down the door. The witnesses said no one reacted at first - thinking he was a stunt for the movie.

"He looked so calm when he did it," the eyewitness recounted. "It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot."

The witnesses said he - at first - fired into the air and then started shooting towards the people.

"He had no specific target. He just started letting loose," the eyewitness said.

Both witnesses said one of the scariest parts was the shooter didn't say a word.

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  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-20 15:11

    1, 3, 14, 12. its just 12 too many and unnecessary. this is sickening. I foresee in the near future a situation where pat downs are a mandatory thing in all malls and public places, just like air ports. All because of a few sick nut jobs.

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-20 15:12

    Still shocking. Imagine being a parent of a teenager who has not come home from the movies...

  • khotso.letsie - 2012-07-20 15:26

    Wonder what those who claim to have it bad here have to say about this... It's not even a robbery, it's just for the hang of it!!!!

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-07-20 16:42

      "Once in a blue moon" is a bit of an exaggeration I think. If you've ever watched international news, weird sh*t like this (random killings) happens a lot overseas. Don't throw our country under the bus just because you think the rest of the "civilized world" are better off than us.

  • mhla.nombembe - 2012-07-20 15:35

    yho America is in real trouble . . . what if this is another form of terror attack . .

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 16:02

      The Problem is that in America there's a serious lack of gun control. Any loonetick with cash can walk into a gun shop and buy handguns, automatic rifles and other military grade equipment. This is madness. Their constitutions states that they have the right to bare arms, but this shouldn't be at all costs.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-20 15:41

    Did 2 come back to life?

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-20 16:31

      That was just bad taste - no, 2 did not come back to life, the initial report had the count incorrect, they just corrected the number after the chaos of the attack ended.

      garethjphillips - 2012-07-20 17:10

      Not cool Polo - please at least have respect for the gravity of the situation. Certainly the families & loved ones of all those killed or injured are in my prayers.

  • adnan.essop - 2012-07-20 20:17

    speechless. what is this world coming to?

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