9News has now confirmed that a 3-month-old baby is among the victims of the Aurora shooting in Colorado at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The child is at the University of Colorado Denver Hospital. Several witnesses repeated the story of seeing a police officer carrying a small baby that had been shot in the back and wasn't moving. One witness on 9News described the attack while tears filled his eyes and he choked up talking about the child. 9News just reported that a 7-year-old child is still missing, now several hours after the attack.
ABC7 reports that Children's Hospital has six victims, ages 6 to 31 years old, being treated. Swedish Hospital reported three victims, an 18-year-old male who has been released, a 20-year-old female in critical condition and a 29-year-old male in critical condition. University of Colorado Denver Hospital has twenty victims. The injuries are from gunshot wounds and chemical exposure. ABC7 reports, "Several people were shot and others were injured by scrap metal pepper bomb, the mortician said." Families are flooding the police and 911 line trying to find loved ones who were in the theater.
So far, 14 people are confirmed dead and over 50 injured in the shooting that took place at the Century 16 midnight screening of the new Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises. The suspect supposedly kicked in the emergency exit door, threw in a canister of tear gas or a smoke bomb and then opened fire. Witnesses say he slowly ascended the stairs, shooting the entire time. The man was wearing all black, a riot helmet, a gas mask, a tactical/bulletproof vest and had three guns with him and more weapons in his car. Police, who were already on scene for security started yelling 'Get down, get down!' The suspect is in custody, a male in his early 20s and they believe he was the only suspect. He was arrested right outside of the theater, near his car.
Reports from 9News in Colorado say that an explosive was found in the man's car, that is parked right against the back side of the theater, possibly near the exit he kicked in. It appears the car might have Tennessee license plates. The bomb squad has sent a robotic unit to get or explode the bomb. The police are currently working to obtain a search warrant for the man's apartment. They have evacuated the complex. Some reports say police have already entered the apartment and have found an explosive device. Live streams are showing a huge influx of officers showing up at the man's apartment right now even though officers have been there for hours. KMGH is reporting local road blocks, deputies with weapons out. They have not said if this is related to the Aurora shooting.
"He looked so calm when he did it," an eyewitness told 9News. "It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot." Another witness said that he thought there were two suspects because he saw the shooter throw the first 'bomb' (tear gas) but the second one was from far across the theater.
Many of the patrons were wearing costumes, mostly in all black following the Batman theme, so it was very difficult to identify who was who. Even though it was a midnight showing, showing on three different screens, many children were there for the PG-13 movie. Twitter is very active with first person accounts of the attack and news information. The FBI reports that they believe this is a lone shooter attack and is not terrorist related. Several news channels are streaming live.
9News Colorado Live Stream HERE.
KMGH Colorado Live Stream HERE.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012 for Gather News