A mass-shooting during the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a crowded movie theater has claimed at least 12 lives and injured 58 people in Aurora, Colorado. The suspect James Holmes (pictured above) is in police custody and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
LISTEN to some of the 911 calls and emergency responder radio transmissions from the scene here:
FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson reports on how events unfolded at the movie theater:
It was just about 10 minutes into the movie when the gunman kicked in an exit door near the screen, tossed a tear gas canister and started shooting.
Jennifer Seeger was in row two and saw the gunman way too closely.
(Seeger) “He had it to my face. He had the gun in my face. I was freaked out for like five seconds. And I just dove into the aisle and I was like I don’t know what to do, I’m just gonna curl in a ball.”
Police found the suspect, identified at 24-year-old James Holmes, outside the building.
They’ve searched his car and apartment for explosives.
Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
Editor’s Note: Police are also dealing with a situation at suspect’s apartment. Authorities say it’s booby trapped.
LISTEN to Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department speak to reporters outside the home of the alleged Colorado shooter’s family in San Diego, California:
WATCH to hear 911 calls released from the Colorado shooting:
No fewer than four hospitals were called upon to treat victims of the massacre in Colorado.
FOX News Radio’s Courtney Kealy reports:
Dr. Frank Lansville at Aurora Medical Center speaking about some of the most critically injured.
(Dr. Lansville) “Those in critical conditon the information that I have is that those are gunshot wounds to the neck and torso and abdomen.”
Dr. Lansville also speaking about some of the injuries sustained from the gas canisters set off.
(Dr. Lansville) “The patients that we did see had burnng skin, burning eyes, burning and irritation to their nose and mouth.”
One eyewitness reporting seeing a little girl shot in the back and other children are reportedly among the wounded.
Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.
News of the shooting at the Batman movie premiere in Aurora has moviegoers in other cities shaking their heads.
FOX News Radio’s Jennifer Keiper reports from Chicago:
‘Dark Knight’ moviegoers here in Chicago walk out only to find out about what happened in Colorado.
(Moviegoer) “That’s just terrible. We just all come here peacefully, try to watch a peaceful movie.”
(Moviegoer) “It’s not surprising to see that this can happen. It’s very saddening.”
Similar response from Warner Brothers and the filmmakers. Chicago Sun Times columnist Bill Zwecker tells FOX News Radio tonight’s (Friday night’s) Paris premiere has been canceled.
(Zwecker) “The decision to cancel came directly from Christopher Nolan and everyone involved because they realized that there’d be no reason do anything except pull back from all of this at this time.”
The Motion Picture Association of America says they’re in shock and extend prayers to those affected.
Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are pausing to reflect on the mass shooting in Colorado.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Washington:
President Obama is in south Florida. He was informed of the movie theater massacre by his Homeland Security Adviser early this (Friday) morning.
In a statement, the President says he and Michelle are shocked and saddened, adding: “When we are confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must come together as one American family.”
Mitt Romney, in a statement says “Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence”, offering prayers for the families and loved ones of the victims.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
LISTEN to President Obama speak in Fort Myers, Florida about the Colorado shooting:
READ a statement by President Barack Obama on the shooting in Colorado:
“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. 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.”
LISTEN to Mitt Romney speak about the Colorado shooting: