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12 people killed, 59 wounded in Colorado shooting

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AURORA, Colo. -- A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an explosive device and then fired into a crowded movie theater near the Aurora Mall, killing 12 people and injuring at least 53 others during a midnight opening of the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

Police arrested a man wearing a gas mask next to a white car in the parking lot behind the theater. 7NEWS has confirmed that the suspect is a 24-year-old white man, James Holmes.

"He did not resist. He did not put up a fight," said Frank Fania, a police spokesman.

Moviegoers said they didn't know what was happening when they heard a hissing sound and smelled smoke, and some thought the attack was part of the movie, since it occurred during a battle scene. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd.

Many of those injured or killed were young adults, teens or kids. The victims range in age from 3 months to 45 years old. The 3 month old has been discharged and is doing well, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Many of the victims were rushed immediately to hospitals in police cars by responding officers because there were not enough ambulances.

Ten people died in the theater, two more were rushed to nearby hospitals, and were pronounced dead. The Police Department initially said 14 people had died.

Witnesses told 7NEWS that the bullets were fired in Theater 9, but bullets also pierced the nearby theater, Theater 8, and injured moviegoers in that theater.

The Aurora police response was swift, since police headquarters is less than a mile away from the theaters. More than 250 police officers from across the metro area -- from Brighton to Jefferson County -- were also called out to respond to the mass shooting.

The entire parking lot around the Century 16 Movie Theaters was blocked off.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no evidence of additional shooters.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack said there's no indication in the investigation so far of any connection to terror groups.

There was no immediate word of any motive.

Just after the shooting occurred, a bulletin was issued to other police agencies throughout the metro area warning them of the possibility of similar incidences in theaters in their cities. The Aurora police response was swift, since police headquarters is less than a mile away from the theaters. More than 250 police officers from across the metro area -- from Brighton to Jefferson County -- were also called out to respond to the mass shooting.

The entire parking lot around the Century 16 Movie Theaters was blocked off.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no evidence of additional shooters.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack said there's no indication in the investigation so far of any connection to terror groups.

There was no immediate word of any motive.

Just after the shooting occurred, a bulletin was issued to other police agencies throughout the metro area warning them of the possibility of similar incidences in theaters in their cities.

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