Fourteen people were killed and at least 50 others wounded early Friday when a gunman opened fire at a midnight screening of the summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” near Denver, authorities and witnesses said.

This is a truly crazy news story…

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters that 10 people died at the scene and two others died after being taken to local hospitals. At least 50 other people were injured, Oates said, including a six-year-old girl. Witnesses said tear gas also went off in the theater. A 24-year-old male suspect was apprehended in the shopping center’s parking lot, Oates said. The incident occurred in the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. Aurora is a suburb less than 10 miles east of downtown Denver. News sources cited a witness as seeing a black-clad 6-foot-tall man wearing a riot helmet, goggles and bullet-proof vest. However, many people attended the film dressed in Batman-related costumes. Witnesses said the gunman entered the theater through an emergency exit door. The suspect was found in possession of a gas mask, Oates said. Ammunition was found in the suspect’s car, police said. Cops said that the shooter had three weapons — a rifle and two handguns. The suspect’s car has Tennessee plates but authorities believe he was living locally. Oates said there was no evidence of additional suspects. The suspect’s apartment building in north Aurora was evacuated after the suspect made a statement to police about possible explosives at his home. An FBI official told NBC News that the agency was working with local authorities on the investigation, but that there was no early indication of a link to terrorism. President Barack Obama had been notified by counter terrorism chief John Brennan and was aware of the incident. In a statement, Obama said: “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.” Police raiding the theater in the hunt for the suspect had to ask for gas masks. “Get us some damn gas masks for theater 9, we can’t get in it,” one officer radioed back to emergency dispatch during the operation. Witnesses told reporters that gunfire erupted during a shootout scene in the film.

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