LIVE UPDATES: Gunman Opens Fire During Colorado 'Batman' Showing, Killing 12 and Injuring Dozens
At least 12 people are dead, 50 more wounded, after a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Police do have a suspect in custody and there is a search underway at his apartment, where officers suspect that there could be explosives.
The shooting occurred during a midnight showing of the brand-new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Heather Nauert reports that the assailant had a rifle, a hand gun, and another gun stashed in the theater. During the movie showing, he threw some sort of a canister in the theater. Witnesses report hearing some sort of hissing sound and then seeing what appeared to be smoke. The gunman then opened fire.
He then ran out of the back of the theater to the parking lot where his car was parked, and police took him down.
Stay tuned to Fox News for the latest developments in this breaking story.
Follow Fox News Insider on Twitter to keep up with the latest.
8:16a ET Update: Steve Doocy tells us that according to reports the suspect has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. He lives in North Aurora, where police are now searching his apartment for explosives. See the photo of his apartment below.
8:24a ET Update: Steve Doocy just reported that the death toll has been revised to 12, from 14.
8:35a ET Update: President Obama issued a statement on the shooting that reads in part, "As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come." Read the full statement.
8:39a ET Update: Mitt Romney reacted to the shooting in a statement that reads, "We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice." Read more.
8:54a ET Update: An image from within the theater following the shooting.
8:55a ET Update: Former Homicide Detective Rod Wheeler just appeared on Fox and Friends and said that his sources tell him that one of the theories that investigators are looking into is whether the shooter was trying to recreate a scene from one of the ‘Batman’ movies. He also said that police would have to look into whether the suspect could have been associated with the production company that made the movie, or whether he was an employee of the movie theater where the shooting took place.
8:56a ET Update: Wheeler went onto say that the suspect was very familiar with the theater and how it was arranged. The fact that he came in through an exit door and had the ability to get behind the screen of the theater, both show that he knew it well.
8:59a ET Update: Heartbreaking photos say it all as the Aurora, Colorado community reels from the shooting.
9:10a ET Update: Below is a timeline of the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead. Witnesses say that shots may have been fired for up to 15 minutes.
9:21a ET Update: Chilling cell phone video reveals the moments following the deadly shooting. Those inside the theater can be seen running for their lives. Watch the video here.
9:39a ET Update: Newly released audio reveals the frantic calls placed during the shooting. In the audio, a woman can be heard describing hundreds of people running around as the gunman continued his rampage in theater number 9. Listen here.
9:44am ET Update: Dr. Frank Lansville, an emergency physician at Aurora South Medical Center just gave a press conference, during which he said that teens were among the victims brought to the facility. While he acknowledged that this is certainly outside the scope of the hospital’s typical events, he believes that the emergency staff banded together to take care of patients as quickly as possible. He revealed that four people are still in critical condition at the hospital. Those people had gunshot wounds to the neck, torso, and abdomen.
10:00a ET Update: One eyewitness just described how she narrowly escaped the shooter when he pointed the gun at her face. She said she dove into the aisle and curled into a ball. Watch her describe the terrifying moment.
10:08a ET Update: Trace Gallagher just reported that our Fox affiliate has learned that a 6-year-old has passed away following the shooting. While this hasn’t been confirmed, it would bring the death toll to 13.
10:13a ET Update President Obama will speak about the shooting live at 11:20a ET this morning.
10:14a ET Update: Trace Gallagher reports that shooter was not connected to the military in any way, nor is he on any terror watch list. As far as a criminal record, the only thing that appears on his record is a traffic ticket from 2011.
10:15am ET Update: Police are also reporting that the suspect may have had buckets of ammunition inside his apartment, along with some booby traps.
10:30a ET Update: Father of shooting suspect James Holmes leaves San Diego home.
10:35a ET Nicole Williams, spokeswoman for the Swedish Medical Center, just told Gregg Jarrett that doctors have treated four victims. An 18-year old male is now listed in fair condition, a 20-year-old male is listed in critical condition and a 29-year-old female also in critical condition. A 19-year-old female had minor injuries that looked to be caused by shrapnel.
10:45a ET Update: During a scheduled campaign event, President Obama addressed the shooting, saying that it serves as a reminder that “our time here is limited and it is precious.” He also held in moment of silence in honor of those who lost their lives.
10:52a ET Update: Dan Oates, Aurora Colorado police chief, just spoke moments ago and said the suspect's home is "booby trapped." Police have pictures and are trying to figure out how to disarm the flammable, explosive material. Oates also says “The pictures are pretty disturbing."
11:19a ET Update: Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Dept. says the family is asking for the media to respect their privacy. Family friends have come by to offer support. The Holmes family, with the exception of the father, is still in the home. The family is very upset over this tragic event and says it’s taken everyone by surprise. The family is cooperating with law enforcement.
11:42a ET Update: Trace Gallagher reported that we’re getting word that James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspected of the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, was a medical student at the University of Colorado. The university has confirmed that he was a student and recently dropped out. We’re also getting information that he may have been a biology student at a college in southern California.
12:04p ET Update: Trace Gallagher reports that the suspect does not have a hunting license or a concealed weapons permit. You’ll remember that police found him in the parking lot with a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two handguns. Inside his apartment, police found buckets and buckets of ammunition.
12:11p ET Update: The Aurora Police Department has released a statement that includes a breakdown of the numbers of dead and wounded -- there were 50 people shot. Of those 50, 12 are confirmed dead, 38 are injured. Read the statement.
12:24p ET Update: Photo of suspect James Holmes has been released.
12:25p ET Update: James Holmes' high school year book photo below:
12:34p ET Update: Trace Gallagher reports that according to the Fire Marshall, James Holmes’ apartment is booby trapped with trip wires and bottles that are filled with an unknown substance. They’ll now send in a robot to determine exactly what the bottles are filled with.
12:35p ET Update: Jenna Lee reports that James Holmes will tentatively appear in court on Monday.
12:45p ET Update: Governor Mitt Romney spoke about the Colorado shooting to a crowd in Bow, NH, where he remarked that “Our hearts break with the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy.” Romney also urged Americans to remember how much they love one another as well as their country during this difficult time. Watch the video of his remarks here.
1:28p Update: We expect police to hold a press conference at 1:30p ET. Tune in to Fox News Channel for details.
1:38p Update: Reports are coming out that the shooting started right at a period of time when there was shooting going on in the movie.
1:50p ET Update: The presser is underway -- stay tuned for updates.
1:54p ET Update: The Aurora Police Chief confirms that the suspect is James Eagan Holmes, born on 12/13/1987. Within moments of the shooting, hundreds of calls came into 911. Police quickly responded, apprehending the suspect who had three weapons in his possession at the time.
1:56p ET Update: New numbers on the victims -- 71 people were shot, 12 are deceased. Two died at area hospitals, 10 bodies remain at crime scene.
1:58p ET Update: As part of assault, Holmes set off two devices to distract the crowd, and a smoke or irritant was released.
1:58p ET Update: Police are confident that Holmes acted alone and are not looking for any other suspects. He was dressed all in black, was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector, and a gas mask.
2:00p ET Update: The suspect’s home remains booby trapped; five buildings in the surrounding area have been evacuated as police work to disarm the traps.
2:05p ET Update: In an hour from now, President Obama will meet with his Chief of Staff Jack Lew, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan and others, on the shooting.
2:18p ET Update: Firefighters stationed at the suspect's apartment are ready with hoses should any booby traps explode.
2:30p ET Update: Police reveal in a news conference that 71 people were shot at the theater.
2:43p ET Update: Alisyn Camerota just reported that the president has order that flags across the country be flown at half-staff.
2:48p ET Update: Sources are reporting that James Holmes’s hair was painted red, much like the ‘Joker’ in ‘Batman,’ though the Aurora police chief would not confirm that.
3:15p ET Update: Chancellor Timothy White, of UC Riverside, spoke at a news conference saying, “Mr. Holmes was an undergraduate student at the University of California Riverside. He joined us in 2006 and graduated in 2010. He was a honor student in neuroscience, graduated. He had merit based scholarships while he was here and then he moved on to Colorado for graduate work.”
3:36p ET Update: Source says shooting suspect James Holmes had a high-capacity, drum-style ammo clip.
3:40p ET Update: Shepard Smith reports that Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin has confirmed through a law enforcement source that James Holmes's guns were purchased at separate Gander Mountain Guns shops, one in Thornton, CO and one in Aurora, CO. Then, the other guns were purchased at two Bass Pro Shops, both in Denver, CO.
3:50p ET Update: FNC's Adam Housley reports that two research buildings have been evacuated at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora. Staff has been told not to come to work and authorities are sending bomb dogs into the buildings.
4:45p ET Update: Neil Cavuto reports that Warner Bros. has canceled the Paris premiere of "Dark Knight Rises." The movie studio's statement reads: "Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are 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."
5:50p ET Update: FNC's Mike Tobin reports that authorities are coming up with a plan that could involve counter-explosions. The intention would be to diffuse the booby traps.
9:15p ET: Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates relayed information that a total of 70 people were injured and 12 of those victims are deceased. Two of those died at a local hospital and ten in the movie theater. The last of the bodies were removed around 5pm MDT. He clarified that a small number of people brought to area hospitals were not hit by gunfire, but “suffered other injuries as a result of chaos and trauma in the theater.”
Oates also said that officials will not attempt to get into the suspect's apartment tonight, and will resume that task tomorrow morning. Get more details and watch the full press conference.
Saturday, July 21
12:42p ET: The Associated Press reports and Fox News Adam Housley confirms that police have disarmed trip wire and first explosive device in suspect's apartment.
3:24p ET: Aurora police say the controlled explosions have defeated the trip wires in the suspect's apartment and are preparing to enter the apartment.
6:15p ET: Anna Kooiman reports that the 12 victims' names who died in the shooting have been released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.
6:40p ET: All explosives have been removed from the apartment of Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes and have been taken to a dump to be destroyed.