Earlier today, a 24-year-old lone gunman brought at least three guns, a gas mask, tear gas and a bulletproof vest into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. As of last count, 12 people are dead and at the time of this writing,
71 58 injured. According to reports, the suspect's name is James Holmes. He was born in 1987 and has no prior police incidents, save for one traffic ticket last year.
President Obama was "shocked and saddened" to hear the news, saying, "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 by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family." The theater is located approximately 15 miles away from Littleton, Colorado, where in 1999 two kids shot up Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding a dozen others. At this time there is no relation between the two shootings.
Warner Bros. has canceled tonight's Paris premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in the wake of the shooting, while the cast has canceled all interviews. In a statement released to the media, the studio said, "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.”
Our hearts go out to all impacted by this tragedy.