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Police Revise Death Toll in Movie Theater Shooting; 12 People Killed

Posted Jul 20, 2012 6:22 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Twelve people were killed and dozens were wounded when a gunman opened fire early this morning at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., near Denver.

The theater at the Aurora Town Center was showing the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, report the Associated Press and the Denver Post. Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect near a car behind the theater.

The suspect has been identified as James Holmes, the Washington Post reports.

Initial reports said 14 people had died and 50 were injured. After police revised the count, the Denver Post reported that 12 people died, and they were among 50 people who were shot.

Witnesses said the masked suspect released a gas canister before opening fire. The car behind the theater contained a gas mask, rifle and handgun, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference.

Police searched Holmes' apartment for possible explosives.

Updated at 7 a.m. to report new death toll. Updated at 8:25 a.m. to report new injury count. Updated at 8:35 a.m. to report suspect's name.

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