Shocking Shooting At 'Dark Knight Rises' Screening Leaves 12 Dead

Colorado shooting

A masked gunman open-fired in an Aurora movie theater, killing 12 and injuring at least 50.

Fans have been looking forward to "The Dark Knight Rises" opening for months, but a midnight screening in Colorado took a sobering and deadly turn Thursday night (July 19) when a lone gunman burst into a movie theater in Aurora and began shooting moviegoers.

ABC News reports the suspect is James Holmes, 24, who was caught by police after the shooting. Witnesses say Holmes barged into the theater via an emergency exit and began shooting people at random as the panicked audience tried to escape. At least 12 people are dead and at least 50 injured at this time.

"You just smelled smoke and you just kept hearing it, you just heard bam bam bam, non-stop. The gunman never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going," one witness tells ABC News.

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