[UPDATES IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 5:20AM EST: A gunman opened fire early Friday at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing 14 people and leaving at least 50 other injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.
According to witnesses, the shooter kicked in the emergency exit door, threw some sort of disorienting smoke bombs and started shooting.
The shooting occurred during a showing of the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” police said.
“Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Oates said at a news conference.
One suspect is in custody and there’s no evidence of any additional shooters, Oates said.
There was no immediate word of any motive.
Further details will be published when available.
UPDATE 8:00AM: Here is the full statement of President Obama as released by the White House:
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.
UPDATE 8:15AM EST: Police arrested the man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater.
“He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” police said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater.
Hundreds of police officers descended on the theater, and the FBI has joined the investigation.
UPDATE 8:25AM: NBC quotes two federal officials as identifying the shooting suspect as James Holmes, who was born December 13, 1987.
(Sources: 9News / CNN / FOX / CBS)