Jump to content

12 shot dead, 38 injured at Batman premiere in Denver, USA.


Recommended Posts

All over the internet right now that there has been a gun and gas attack in Denver, Colorado at the premiere of the Dark Knight Rises. BBC are reporting 30-40 casualties. Telegraph and several Irish sources are reporting 10+ dead. :(


Police statement to news right now:

Police say the gunman threw a gas cannister into the crowd and then began shooting.

Police arrested the man in the car park. He had a rifle and a handgun, with further weapons in his car.

Police report approx 50 people were hit.

Police report 14 dead. 10 died at the scene, 4 died in areas hospitals.

Police report man in custody has claimed he also had explosives, so a search for explosives is ongoing.

**edit 2**

from Reddit:

Denver resident here. Bomb was may have been confirmed. It certainly sounded like it. Second one was found according to the scanners. Updating this as we go. Apparently it blew up a whole part of a theater at the Dark Knight Rises premiere.

local police scanner. http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=43

Reddit, I'm doing my best to update this.

LIVE VIDEO HERE: http://www.9news.com/video/9newsonline.aspx


1:27: "Bring as much crime scene tape as you can"

1:28: Aurora PD merging communications with Denver PD

1:35: Shooter wearing green camp pants

1:37: bomb squad is there, bringing in K-9 units. possible other bombs

1:40: 18 ambulances on scene

1:41: 9news story posted.

1:42: "All ten people in the theater are black." In this context, it means fatalities.

1:43: Report of a bomb going off in a theater.

1:45: Patients being transported to Denver Health

1:47: Command staff briefing. This is huge.

1:49: Car, Tennesee plates, Hyundai, license 074-VPD. third to west, in front of doors. Possible bomb. Main entrances of mall covered. Bomb squad moving in.

1:53: Canine units coordinating at SE entrance between JC Penney's and the food court. May be a bomb in there. Theory that bombs may be in front of theater.

1:55: New evidence for shooters. That's plural. Theater 8, the shooter was seated. One more was outside, went into Theater 9. Coordinated attack. Two shooters. Open door discovered at mall. Suspicion of bomb in there.

1:56: One shooter at large, one in custody. From Facebook: Someone set off some little party poppers in our theatre, next thing I know someone runs in and said there was a shooting. We huddled down into the seats because people were outside the exit. I was fortunate enough to get home safely with my sister but a few friends are still stuck there.

1:57: Due to bombs, police relocating all units to S of Dillard's. Open door was in Macy's. Suspicions of bombs there.

2:01: Submitted to Reddit. Second device possibly found, setting up a "unified command"

2:06: On /r/denver.

Comment from ThePenguinist: My best friend was at this. She said it happened about 30-40 minutes into the midnight premiere. Someone burst through the door and started shooting tear gas and then a gun. The only reason they got out was because they hit the ground and went for the door on their bellies. OMFG.

2:04: MSNBC tweets the story.

2:06: Secondary explosive device found in front of theater

2:08: Bringing K-9 unit to the command post.

2:14: Indian male found as witness. People (witnesses) moving to the food court entrance

2:18: Witnesses being transported to Gateway High School. There are 100 witnesses.

2:26: Story on MSNBC here

At least 20 people were hurt following a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., police said Friday. The incident occurred at a cinema showing the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," a police official told NBC News. One suspect was in custody, police said. It was unclear whether other suspects were involved. The injured were being transported to three local hospitals. A bomb squad was on site at the Century 16 movie theater, police added.

2:28: Theatre 9 going to Gateway HS. Everyone else is triaged. No vehicles allowed to leave. Witnesses being photographs.

2:30: Water jugs being moved.

2:36: Called the Denver Batman massacre by the Belfas Telegraph

2:42: "Possible older cop car-type seen fleeing the scene"

2:45: Which ambulances going where: 5 to Denver, 14 to University, 4 to Children's, 3 to Aurora South, 2 to Parker, 2 to Swedish

2:47: From 9News: 15 mins into movie, popping heard. People thought it was part of the movie. Saw material coming through the wall. Chaotic. Caused a scramble. Several injured people escorted into ambulances. Flow of ambulances slowed down, flow of police has not. SWAT teams there. Theater 9: Guy in body armor. "One of the largest scenes I've seen in my journalistic career."

2:52: Several police cars surrounding a vehicle. Possible explosive devices inside.

2:54: Tuned in to the 9News stream.

2:58: Newscast from Gateway HS. Witness is talking. People heard explosions and gunfire. No idea what happened. One shooter had a gas mask and was throwing tear gas.

2:59: Scanners report knife pulled on someone. WAY far away from theater. May be unrelated.

3:01: Someone reporting hand pain outside the theater.

3:02: Confirmed: At least 10 killed, 39 injured. Theaters 8 and 9 were sold out, and that's where the shooting took place. 9News confirms that one person is in custody.

3:02: Nothing found inside the mall so far. Dogs coming out.

3:06: Witness interview from earlier being replayed. Witness in Theater 9 was young woman. She described a man about 6' tall kicked through the door in a riot helmet and bulletproof vest. He was completely covered in all black, with goggles. After that, she and her boyfriend dropped to the floor. They got up, ran through the emergency exit. Shooter made his way up the stairs and started shooting people with the shotgun.

3:10: News is stalling until the police chief address.

3:15: Press conference: Gas released, gunman opened fire. Only know of one gunman. Police officers respond, find the gunman outside of the theater, carrying gas mask, rifle, handgun. One additional weapon found inside. 50 were hit. 14 confirmed dead.

3:30: AR-15 was the gun potentially used. One shooter or two? Many questions and very few answers other than a new death toll after the press conference. Keep your thoughts with the victims and their families.

3:42: More testimonies. Babies and small girls shot. News anchors getting emotional. Reports that the suspect had explosives in his apartment, which is also being searched.

3:48: Another /r/denver post from WaterSnake: here

3:49: More confirmation. 14 dead. 50 injured.

3:58: damian001 finds a video of the shooters aftermath. Warning, graphic contents.

4:01: We beat 9News on the video. The video is extremely graphic, and they aren't showing it with audio.

4:04: "No reason to believe there is a second gunman"

4:06: 10 died at the theater, 4 died at the hospital. 50 others had injuries.

4:13: 911 calls and police radio being played. They're talking about the tear gas.

4:35: President Barack Obama notified about the shooting.

4:36: /u/derphurr updates: a man was shot in Kia outside theater, police spotted man in gas mask (the suspect) in parking lot outside the back of the movie theater after the shooting, police found suspect by his car in the parking lot

4:37: Another witness interview. Person's friend shot, but not fatally. "All I can do is pray."

4:41: /u/nilicule links the Denver 7News broadcast.

4:46: Children's hospital in Aurora treating six victims aged 6 to 31; Chik-fil-a is opening for officers that need restrooms/food

4:48: /u/mkyweriga: Officer reports Navy Petty Officer inquiring about a US Navy Sailor being killed in the incident. Officers are unaware of the identities of any of the victims at this time.

4:50: /u/mkyweriga: Mall is cleared, floor cleaner released from police custody.

4:55: Just called 9News about this timeline. Today Show has cancelled their show. Michael Phelps sends his condolences.

5:04: White House releases a statement offering condolences: /u/nilicule here

5:10: Youngest patient at University hospital is 3 months old, according to a tweet

5:15: I found a Wikipedia page about the shootings.

5:16: /u/nilicule: Good Morning America reports at least 100 FBI agents are on scene in Aurora, Colorado.

5:17: /u/hgmanifold: Car cleared by bomb squad, clearing backpacks.

5:19: /u/yelhsa87: Video of police describing shootings.

5:25: /u/nilicule: Eyewitness tells @todayshow that gunman was dressed in SWAT-like outfit, methodically shot people as they tried to exit room. Another walk-in victim at University (/u/hgmanifold).

5:26: /u/Deus_Viator: Two eyewitnesses on 9News say that 2 gas canisters were thrown from separate locations in the theater. Maybe multiple gunmen? EDIT: I've been following this since 1:30 and it seemed like multiple gunmen around then. Take with a grain of salt. For now.

5:27: /u/hgmanifold: Bomb squad is requesting a Ladder Truck and 30ft boom with "cherry picker"

5:28: Mitt Romney: 'Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado'

**edit 3**

Updated title, timeline

Timeline taken from here and there are further links to audio, video and photos from the event.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Police say the gunman threw a gas cannister into the crowd and then began shooting.

Police arrested the man in the car park. He had a rifle and a handgun, with further weapons in his car.

Police report approx 50 people were hit.

Police report 14 dead. 10 died at the scene, 4 died in areas hospitals.

Police report man in custody has claimed he also had explosives, so a search for explosives is ongoing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, a mate of mine moved out to Denver a couple of years ago. He has probably slept through all of this, but I am a tad concerned.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WTF? This is horrific.

Hate the gun culture in America. Obviously this isn't directly related to that, will be more of a case that this guy is psycho. But at least psychos over here find it harder to get their hands on guns.

Does anyone know why he decided to do this?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Was there really Children at a midnight screening of Batman?

Babies I'm not so sure.

BUt children, i.e. people under, say, 16. Yeah I reckon there probably would be. School's probably out by now as well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Create New...