Shooting In Colorado Movie Theater Leaves At Least 12 Dead and Many Injured

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM EDT

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Shooting In Colorado Movie Theater Leaves At Least 12 Dead and Many Injured

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM EDT

AURORA, CO (WKBW/ABC) - A lone gunman walks into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50, including a 3 month-old baby police said.

James Holmes, 24, of North Aurora, was arrested at the scene wearing a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet.

Witnesses in the movie theater said Holmes crashed into the auditorium through an emergency exit about 30 minutes into the film, set off a smoke bomb, and began shooting. Holmes stalked the aisles of the theater, shooting people at random, as panicked movie-watchers in the packed auditorium tried to escape, witnesses said.

"The suspect throws tear gas in the air, and as the tear gas appears he started shooting," said Lamar Lane, who was watching the midnight showing of the movie with his brother. "It was very hard to breathe. I told my brother to take cover. It took awhile. I started seeing flashes and screaming, I just saw blood and people yelling and a quick glimpse of the guy who had a gas mask on. I was pushed out. There was chaos, we started running."

Police said 10 victims died inside the theater, while dozens of others were taken to local hospitals, including a child as young as 6 years old.

Holmes was caught by police in the parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters. He was carrying a gas mask, rifle, and handgun, and police believe at least one other gun was left in the movie theater.

Police said the suspect mentioned having explosives stored, leading them to evacuate his entire North Aurora apartment complex and search the buildings.

Investigators confirmed that explosives were found. It is unclear if they were scheduled to detonate or if it was part of a stockpile.

Details about this tragic story are still being revealed, we will keep you up to date as they are brought out.

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