Gunman kills 12 in Denver shooting at 'Batman' movie

DENVER - The suspect in custody after at least 12 people were shot dead at a movie screening in the United States has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, US media said Friday.

Television networks cited the FBI as saying Holmes, from the town of Aurora, Colorado, scene of the shooting at a screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," did not appear to have any known terrorism connections.

At least 12 people were killed and around 40 others were wounded Friday when a gunman opened fire at the crowded cinema premiere, police said.

Following the arrest, police headed to the suspect's apartment.

Local police chief Dan Oates said the suspect had claimed to have explosives at his residence and that the complex where he lived had been evacuated and was being searched.

The gunman had killed 12 people at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in a suburb of Denver early on Friday, sparking pandemonium when he hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers.

About fifty others including children were wounded in the attack on the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in a mall in the Aurora suburb, some of whom were treated for the effects of tear gas, hospital officials said.

"This is a horrific event," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told a news conference, adding that a suspect was taken into custody in the parking lot behind the theater. He had initially put the death toll at 14, but a spokesman later told NBC the toll had been revised to 12.

Gunman kills 12 in rampage at ‘Batman’ premiere in Colorado
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