At least 12 people were killed and 50 injured when a gunman in a gas mask opened fire about 12:30 am in a cinema showing the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, near Denver.
Police found explosives in the home of James Holmes, 24, who was arrested in a car at the shopping mall that housed the theater, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. The suspect’s apartment is “currently booby-trapped,” Oates said in an impromptu briefing outside the apartment. He said he doesn’t know what devices are in the third-floor building, but that pictures taken by remote devices “look pretty disturbing.”
The suspect was a student at the University of Colorado medical school and withdrew last month, the Associated Press reported. He had no known ties to terrorists, said a federal official, who lacked authorisation to speak publicly and asked for anonymity.
The Dark Knight Rises is rated PG-13 and there were many children, including some in costumes, at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center.
Sources said the attack started about 30 minutes into the movie.