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A gunman opened fire, killed 12 and wounded at least 50 overnight at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where patrons gathered to watch the premiere of a new film that has generated debate and is decried as an “anti-Romney conspiracy” by the right wing.
The gunman, wearing a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask, fired into the crowd of patrons who came to watch “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Some of the wounded are children, one as young as six years old, police sources tell Capitol Hill Blue.
Aurora police chief Dan Oates said officers captured a 24-year-old white male suspect in a rear parking lot of the theater.
“He did not resist,” police spokesman Dan Fania said. “He did not put up a fight.”
Police recovered a handgun and rife in the arrest and found another gun in the theater.
“The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale, is the highly-anticipated final chapter in the Batman trilogy. The film has come under fire from the right wing for what they see as a liberal political theme. Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh has labeled the film “an anti-Romney conspiracy.”
The death toll has changed over the morning with police originally saying the death toll was 10 dead at the scene along with four who died at hospitals. The death toll was raised to 15 at one point and then revised down to 12.