At least 14 people have been killed in a shooting at a Batman film premiere in the US city of Denver.
About 50 people have been injured in the incident, police say.
Witnesses say a gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire at the cinema complex in Aurora, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
There are reports the gunman released a smoke bomb during the incident. Police say they have one suspect in custody. Many ambulances are at the scene.
The Swedish Medical Center, not the area’s main hospital, told the BBC it had received three gunshot victims.
A witness told 9News that during a shooting scene in the film he heard loud bangs and a lot of smoke and initially thought they were live special effects put on by the cinema.
Projectiles came through the wall from the neighbouring theatre screening, the witness said.
CNN quoted one witness saying: “A guy slowly making his way up the stairs and firing – picking random people.”
UPDATE (8:45 AM)
The Denver Post has local coverage. Slide show is here. Their social media page is here, with numerous eyewitnesses reporting from the area. A slide show posted yesterday at 8 PM reported on fans waiting in line at the Regal Continental Stadium 10 Theatre in southwest Denver.
What has been reported so far:
- At approximately 12:30 AM local time, a man entered the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center during a screening “The Dark Knight Rises” at, via an exit near the screen. Clad in black and wearing a gas mask and a bullet-proof vest, he tossed a gas canister (smoke or tear gas) into the crowd in theater nine and began shooting randomly.
- 10 individuals died at the scene, with another 4 dying later. Local hospitals implemented their disaster plans, calling in staff. Many are in critical condition, suffering from gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries.
- A 24-year-old suspect, James Holmes, was apprehended at the movie theater by local police on crowd control duty. He was carrying a rifle and two handguns. His apartment building located near Paris Street between 16th and 17th avenues was evacuated as authorities searched his apartment, #10, for possible explosives.
- 12 are known dead, with numerous patients taken to nearby hospitals.
The Denver Post has eyewitness accounts from the theater, including one patron who was in the second row.
The New York Times has shaky video footage of the theater evacuation: