At least 12 people were killed and about 50 were injured when a masked gunman open fired at a sold out Dark Knight Rises premier in Aurora, Colorado this morning.
NBC station KUSA-Denver reports that a black-clad 6-foot-tall man wearing a riot helmet, goggles, gas mask, and bullet-proof vest kicked down an emergency exit door threw at least one smoke bomb/tear gas device, and then begin shooting at random.
Aurora police chief Dan Oates says they have a 24-year-old suspect in is custody and that there is no evidence of additional shooters. He was taken into custody without a fight in a car behind the theater. The suspect’s apartment building in north Aurora was evacuated after the suspect made a statement to police about possible explosives at his home, Oates said. CBS News has confirmed that explosives were found at suspects apartment.
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that President Obama, at a hotel in Florida, was informed of the shootings in phone call from Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan at about 5:30 AM. Oates has said there is no suggestion of links to international terrorism.
A three month old baby was injured at the scene but is now doing fine at University Hospital.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Aurora.
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