Up to 12 people are confirmed dead after a man hurled a tear gas bomb and then opened fire during a midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises, near Denver, Colorado.
A 24-year-old man - named by US media as James Holmes - was arrested in a car park nearby and is in custody. He was reportedly armed with a rifle and two handguns and told police he had explosives at his home, which has been surrounded by a SWAT team.Witnesses said the shooter was wearing a "Bane-style" gas mask and body armour during the attack. A bomb disposal squad is at the scene examining a Hyundai in the cinema's car park for further explosive devices.Several children and babies were in the theatre and an 80-year-old is believed to have been shot dead at point blank range. A three-month old is among those being treated in hospital and a six-year-old is believed to be the youngest victim.
The screening was taking place at the Century 16 Theatre in Aurora and the trailers for the film had just ended when the attack began.
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Justin Joseph, of Fox affiliate KDVR said the tear gas caused "mass panic" and that as people got up and tried to flee the theatre, they became "moving targets" as the gunman opened fire.