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We are saddened to hear that a gunman opened fire at a midnight release of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

According to local police, 70 were shot and 12 of those people were killed. The shooting was initially reported by Reuters and 9News.

24 year old James Holmes was taken into custody by police. He did not resist arrest. At the theater while opening fire he was said to have been wearing body armour and a gas mask. He was found with a rifle and a handgun. Police have said that are no indications that a second suspect was involved.

Eye witness reports state that gas was seen in screen 9 of the movie complex before shots were fired.

This is a truly shocking and tragic incident to occur and our thoughts go out to all the victims of this despicable act upon theatergoers.

UPDATE 2: Director Christopher Nolan has issued a statement – read it here.

Update: Warner Bros. has issued a statement regarding the shooting as follows:

Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.

Furthermore, THR also reported that the studio has decided to cancel the Paris red carpet premiere and press interviews.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    Shit. This is terrible. I hope they find that gunman

  • Mitch

    I am from Aurora Colorado. My sister was in the theater. I am listening to the news and police scanner (via android app). My sister called me at 12:57 leaving the theater saying there was a shooting she saw bullet holes and gas. I tweted from @mitchellive:disqus  shortly after. The main shooting was in theater 9. Theater 8 had bullets fly through the wall and injure people (my sister was in this theater, she saw this people limping the gas etc) Somebody shouted that somebody had a gun. This was masked because it was during a scene with gun shots. 

    Confirmed info:At least 10 dead and 39 transported. 1 person in custody.

    Speculated: Gunman had tear gas, gas mask, bulletproof vest, likely acted alone. Shotgun suspected but said to be heavily armed. 

    You can go to 9news.com for live information.

    People are being briefed, I.D.ed, photographed and sent home unless they were in theater 9. Then they are being sent to Gateway High School. This is my hometown I have been to the theater likely a hundred times. My sister had tickets for theater 9 and ended up with friends in 8. This is a lower middle class are but this sounds more an acted of terror then anything gang related. 

    • http://www.hypable.com Richard Reid

      Thank you for the update.

    • http://twitter.com/BrandiTiana Brandi Delhagen

      How very fortunate that your sister wasn’t involved and ended up not being in theatre 9. I am sorry for anyone in your hometown that lost family and friends to this tragic event. Keep us posted.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    This is terrible news! :(

  • Morsmordre79

    This is… I can’t even… WHY would somebody do this? What is wrong with this world?

    News like this is positively terrifying and disgusting. There are no words other than my heart goes out to all affected by this terrible tragedy and that I hope they convict the right person and give him/her all of the punishment (s)he deserves. 

  • http://twitter.com/CrazyNalin Nalin Kariyawasam

    Shit. This is terrible

  • Pixie

    Pathetic, simply pathetic…why are people so messed up these days? Disgusting people, no respect for human life – I can’t even think straight right now, let alone type anything properly. My deepest condolences go out to all the victims of this gruesome tragedy.

  • Ida

    That’s terrible news. These people were just out enjoying themselves and wanting to see a good movie and then this have to happen and it’s just so sad. It’s enough to make you feel physically ill to imagine what kind of twisted  thinking would make a person think this is a good idea. My thoughts go out to those who were there and the people affected by this.

    The anniversary of the Oslo bombing and Utøya massacre is only two days away so as a Norwegian this is hitting kind of close to home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.sapp.12 Patrick Sapp

    and to think….i thought criminals were pathetic before….now they’re just THAT much lower…hey Charlie Manson, you look amazing finally dude!  at least you HAD a point to your killing. :P

    • Kate

      Seriously? Are you being serious right now?

  • Anna-FilmGirl

    That is just absolutely… disgusting and terrible and horrifying. Those were just people, fans just like us, who wanted to watch a really good film together. Whoever did this is an incredibly messed up individual and I hope they are given the punishment they deserve for it. I also hope that anyone affected by this is doing okay… This is just horrible, horrible news. It reminds me an awful lot of the random shootings in Norway and France… just horrendous. People need to have respect for human life.

  • Saskia17

    Oh my gosh this is just awful, I just can’t understand how this sort of stuff happens. My thoughts and condolences go out to all the families.

  • Effielova

    This is so sad! I might not be a huge supper hero fan but this is truly sad my heart goes out to all the vitims of this event and that their souls rest in Peace and those hurt heal soon and that we all forgive this mean as forgiveness is worse than pay back.

  • SF

    That’s utterly horrifying. 

  • Steph

    This is just so horrible. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

  • Lotte

    Once again, just that idea to go to the cinema, watch a movie, be excited and get killed in the process… This is just horrifying, tragic and so sad. 

    My condolences to the family members of the killed ones, and the people attending the screening. I hope they will cope with this tragedy and be able to continue living a normal life. 

  • Gary65

    Wait…….so are they saying the shooter was dressed up as Bane and he opened fire? Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things. This is a horrific tragedy. Everyone’s thought are with the families. Reminds me of the Tuscon shooting. So sad.

    • BlueBronze

      Disclaimer: this is all speculation.

      Perhaps? TDKR was the only movie showing at that time (from what I’ve read), so maybe authorities are trying to see why the shooter would specifically target this movie. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000516470456 Whitney Lynne Wakefield

        Well, people like this sicko usually target places with tons of people, so that would be my guess as to why he chose the midnight showing for The Dark Knight Rises. It seriously sickens me. 

    • gleeky-potterhead

      That’s what I thought of when I saw the news this morning!

  • HogwartsTribute

    Thats a terrible tragedy, I mean it really is. Why would someone do that?!

  • VoldyBored

    We live in a completely different society now. Why would he do such a horrible thing? I’m still hoping to find peace in this world. My deepest sympathy to the victimized families.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    I cannot imagine something like this happening to me. This is horrible. :( not a good week for fans :( my condolences for everyone in that theater and their families.

  • somegirl91

    This is just so sad, so horrible.

  • Kyle

    This is so sad. All they wanted to do was watch a movie. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

  • Greg

    Oh Crap!  “A suspect has been arrested, stated to be 24 years old and named as James Holmes”

    James Holmes, Andrew James Holmes, AJ Holmes, from starkid!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128995453 Lauren Spellman

      …really? That is not even funny. Grow up.

    • Winsome

      Can someone please block “GREG” from all boards?

    • Alex

      Ashole!
      don’t even joke about that- 14 people lost their lives and you try to make a joke?~

      the hell is wrong with you?

    • d3erudite

      Your an insensitive ass. Grow up.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

       Yeah, so not the appropriate place for comments like that

    • Greg

      Ok guys, I get it. Im very sorry for the comment I made. It is easy to become desensitized to senseless violence as it is all around the media and happens everyday. I did not realise the full tragedy of the occasion and may have upset some people with my light-heartedness with the situation.

      LauraBC: I know now, sorry

      d3erudite: I am 15 so don’t worry I will grow up

      Alex: Yes, I am an asshole but did u really have to call me that? I mean, 
              people who write insensitive comments have feelings too.

      Winsome: I will never comment on Hypable ever again

      Lauren Spellman: Yes, it was not funny. And yes, I will grow up.

      Greg out

  • TheHamburglar

    People have come to equate mass shooting to school shooting, but by my estimation this is 100 times worse than a school shooting. When I see the movie later today, this will no doubt be on my mind the entire time. The part that makes my stomach drop every time is when I read the witness accounts saying that they thought the person/noise was part of the show originally.

  • Luigi_barraza

    i can’t even imagine what kind of sick sociopath would do something like this…

  • 7Starrchasers

    What tragedy had befallen this person, that he would commit such a crime.. Lord pelase save our souls. 

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

    It’s disgusting that someone is psychotic enough to do this, killing innocent people just because they wanted to go watch a midnight movie. I know that next time I go see a movie that thought is going to be in the corner of my mind the entire time

  • Cort4Sirius

    Please, please be praying for us. Today, we are a heartbroken state.

  • d3erudite

    That’s horrible and I offer sympathy to the friends and families of the victims. I hope they execute that bastard.

  • Zack

    I’m glad to see that there are less trolls here then for the Twilight article.
    Anyways, I got the call this morning about this. My friend told me and I still am in shock. I send my prayers out to the families of the deceased and pray for those who were hurt, that they may be fully recovered. 
    :(

    • Guest

      Why did you even have to bring up Twilight.

      • Other.

        Because people DIED! Whether you like some movie or not should not effect the seriousness of death.

      • nicole

        because people were leaving horrific comments about the twilight fans death. whether you like twilight or not you don’t have to be a bastard.

  • Genny

    The people who attend midnight premieres are generally some of the most passionate fans. Any fandom can attest to this. Furthermore, with an airforce base stationed close by, many were probably in the military or veterans.
    Any fandom would be heartbroken to lose such excited and passionate fans as those who were lost in the shooting. The Batman fandom in particular since they have waited such a long time for this movie.
    Recently there has been a lot of flak for the rage  and vitriol with which the Batman fandom responded to negative reviews. Now is the time to show what support and community a fandom can have, and send love and/or prayers to the victims of the Aurora community.

  • Mad

    This is a terrible act which no one deserves and it is particularly distressing to see that these people were merely there to show their support and dedication to the whole movie process, and it turned out to be a place that people will now wish they hadn’t been to, when it could have been a great moment in their life.

  • Emmalou

    Such a happy moment for those people turned into a tragedy. I can’t believe what this world has come to when you can’t even enjoy a movie without your life being in jeopardy. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

  • upper_westsider

    Totally senseless and horrific.  These mass killings go on and on and our government is unable or unwilling to take steps to keep guns out of the hands of sick people.  It’s hopeless.

  • http://twitter.com/angrykittykj Krystol

    This is so horrible! I feel so bad for all these people and their families. This whole thing makes me a little scared… my parents want to move to Aurora :/

  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    This theater is about 10 minutes from my sister’s home. She doesn’t typically do midnight showings for films, but if she’d decided to go see Batman last night, that was the theater she would have gone to…this is so sad. It’s not just sad because of the victims, but for the family of this man as well, as they now have to come to terms that this family member is a cold-blooded killer. :/

    • Lookat

      Much like your sister, I live very close as well. It’s so surreal…my bf and I were planning on seeing the movie there this afternoon.

      • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

        I can’t imagine how scary that must be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Alan-Sauberlich-Jr/510533062 Scott Alan Sauberlich Jr.

    When the movie comes out to home release, the opening of it needs to have a statement saying that it is dedicated to the victims of this tragic incident.  They were true fans.

  • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

    :( So terrible. I’m going to be really nervous going to see the movie this Sunday, as will a lot of people I’m sure.

  • Mad

    What truly disgusts me is the sick comments people have been posting on news sites, making what they think are ‘funny’ comments, when this is a complete tragedy. Also, the political comments and arguments between people over politics and gun laws is distressing…people have died and these people are being petty and insensitive!

  • Mad

    I still remember how excited I was to go to my first movie premiere (The Hunger Games) with a friend from school who was also a big fan of the books. I constantly had a countdown on my eraser and would update my friends throughout the day to the point that I seriously annoyed them. These people were massive fans, they just wanted to live in that moment and be a part of something that they loved, that they enjoyed. And this man ruined that. Forever. They’ll never see movie-going as they once did, particularly anything to do with Batman. This moment they will never forget, and not in a good way like they hoped. My heart goes out to everyone affected, whether they were there, or knew friends and family there, or just lived in the neighbourhood. It is a terrible tragedy, and the hearts of the rest of the world are with them in this devastating time. 

  • HPForever3 :)

    What sort of fucking, psychotic bastard would do such a thing? Honestly, stop and think about how many people visit the movie theater per day. Especially to see a movie like the Dark Knight Rises, how many of us are/were planning to go see it. 12 fatalities, 50 injured. That is 12 too many deaths and 50 too many hurt. People like that fucking, psychotic bastard disgust me. 

    However in these times, it does not do to dwell too much on the dumbass who committed the crime but think of the victims and the families of the victims. They are the ones who get struck the most, they are the ones who will look upon the  recreational activity of simply going to go see a movie with a jolt. Weeks and maybe even months from now, we, the lucky ones, will forget most of the details we hear from today. They are the ones who will never forget. Therefore we, at the very least, owe them our condolences. Today, we grieve but we grieve with the reminder that in spite of this gruesome tragedy, life goes on. So will the victims and the families of the victims but they will take longer…that is why we offer them our support in the hope that they will live on with all life has to offer. 

  • andrewm4930

    Can you just imagine midnight premieres at all theatres now? If they don’t do away with them completely, It’s going to be like airport security, with bag checks and scanners and everything. This one man ruined movie going experiences for the entire country probably.

    • LitMer8

      I was thinking the same thing. But in a way im okay with that. I LOVE going to midnight movies from Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games, but this worries me about going to the next midnight movie. I dont want this event to scare others from seeing a movie they are excited about at midnight but it is really scary. And the sad thing is you know this could start something new and frightening. I want to continue to see midnight movies because they are a BLAST but if theaters dont make some major changes after this tragic event im not sure I want to. 

    • HPForever3 :)

      I was thinking the same thing! It’s crazy how the actions of a few psychotic criminals impact everything from airports to live sports games and now freaking going to the movies! 

      I swear, I never understood why people do these things if it means that history will hate them almost as much as it hates Hitler. It’s anyone’s guess I suppose… 

    • http://twitter.com/heyswoozay Susalka

      This makes me think that pretty soon every public place will have bag checks and metal detectors in place. Living in fear isn’t living at all

  • :(

    I can’t stop thinking about how these fans counted down for months, watched and dissected all of the trailers, read reviews, and eagerly anticipated the moment they would finally get to see the movie.
    But right before they get to see it, they die.

    • Liderc

      According to sources they saw 20-30 minutes, don’t know if that’s reassuring or not, just figured I’d mention it. 

  • Brandon Griffo

    I went to a midnight screening in the suburbs of new York, and even I am always nervous gong to these. I was deeply saddened to hear the events that took place in Colorado, and will have the families of the victims in my prayers

  • Brandon Griffo

    *going

  • tyler lawless

    This actually made me tear up. There are sime sick ass holes in the world.

  • Carilyn

    In wake of tragedy: a wordless love letter. I thought this fit best.

    • Carilyn

      Sorry, the link didn’t come out right. The site is “The World Needs More Love Letters”: 

      The news of the tragic shootings in Colorado barreled over us this morning. Leaving us wordless. Feeling a bit afraid. Wondering how love might block out all this fear. My only response was a love letter… for the victims. For the families. For anyone who has been impacted by the tragedy at hand. It won’t do. It really won’t do. But if we never try to find the words then they never really come. & we’ve been made to believe that love speaks louder than fear… always. There are no words for the sorrow that slips in.To you, whoever you may be tonight:Under the door. Through the window. Invading us all like this was her personal space all along. To be here. To operate here.There are no words for the pain. For the way it sits heavy in the air as we refresh the CNN. We trace back over the news channels. We struggle to finds for things that seem so wordless.There are no words to tell you I am wordless. That sorry feels too small. And this tragedy seems too large. And love is all I know. I’m wordless but I love you through every ounce of this thing.There are no words for a bit of this.This is my wordless love letter. For the pain I cannot shoulder. The sorrow I can’t hold. The only way to tell you that I’ll never really leave you. Never, never.Wordless, so wordless. Because no matter what I type, no matter what I tap, tap, tap onto a document that is all white, all blank, all untold of the truths we wish we had the words to say—they won’t do.They won’t speak for the sorrow of lives lost. Families torn. Fear exposed. Hurt run wild. And evil so real.The words—they shudder now. They shrink. They cry out to say, “Don’t use us. This tragedy is wordless.” But some still find the courage to beg and say out loud:There will be hope after this. Strange to believe but yes. There will be some sort of tomorrow, we’ll find it together. We’ll piece it back together.There will be some sort of sun, light at the end of this, though it’s bound to feel hollow for now.Bound to be broken sunlight for now.If it were quite possible, I’d find that sunlight. Crack it open now. Suck your pain up like a vacuum. Pull you close and hold you. I’ve got no words but love never really needed syllables anyway.And so all I do is pray. Hold hands up high to a God who aches with the world today.& pray you’re held right now. Held & held & held until the sun falls down behind the hills though she really didn’t feel like rising up today.  Held like the Mama on the subway who finds a spot to sit and wrap, wrap, wraps her arms so tight around a child she loves beyond silly, little words. She holds that child so, so good to make you think evil never existed. That good was all there was when it came to this world and how it spun.I think of that Mama now. I think of that child now, wrapped so good in Love. Cloaked so good in Love.The way I wish I could. The way I wish I could for you right now; taking in your tired body. Taking in the tragedy that pulses in the moment.& so I pray for holding. In arms. In peace. In prayers. In dawn.Don’t try to find the words right now.There are no words for a bit of this.

  • Joel Cruz005

    I went to the midnight release in imax in miami florida and while I was watching the movie other people in colorado were getting shot at. Just simply horrible. Sad how even a theater has become a place that can be attacked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriel-Garabrandt/1585929961 Gabriel Garabrandt

    God should show no mercy to the shooters soul.

    • luis

      Man justice itself must not show mercy.

  • Cbear

    Wow. Just…wow. If there’s any more psychos like this guy, soon enough, people will be too scared to go out and do ANYTHING. My thoughts are with all the victims and their loved ones that hopefully they will be able to get through this hard time.

    • Cbear

      and that*

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    man people are just crazy

  • http://twitter.com/heyswoozay Susalka

    It’s so scary to think that around the same time I too was in a movie theater enjoying the same movie those people were suppose to have enjoyed. Christopher Nolan said it best when he referred to the theater as a save haven, an escape into another world. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Makes you wish Batman was there to save the day.

  • Meur123

    This makes me sick.

  • Morgen71

    i hope that stupid son of a b*tch rots in jail and he knows what he did so he can feel horrible about it, because nobody forgives him. Everyone hates him, including me. my heart goes out to the victims and familes.

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