At around 12:30 a.m. at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a horrific incident unfolded during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” when a heavily armed 24 year old man entered a movie theater in suburban Denver early Friday and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring 50.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m. — The Poway Unified School District has issued a statement, confirming reports that James Holmes was a graduate of Westview High School, Class of 2006.
“On behalf of the Poway Unified School District, Superintendent [John] Collins joins the rest of the nation in offering our deepest condolences to the victims and their families,” the statement read.
UPDATE 1:00 p.m. — According to University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery, James Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. Montgomery said Holmes enrolled in the neuroscience program in 2011 and was in the process of withdrawing. She said she did not know why he had decided to withdraw.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. — More details are emerging about James Holmes, the suspected shooter in Thursday night’s movie theater massacre in Colorado.
Many patrons thought the loud violent noises were apart of the movie but when they realized the attack was real, they began to panic and flee. The film continued to play on the screen as bloodied customers scattered outside for help. According to some witnesses on the scene, bullets also went through the walls of an adjacent theater, injuring patrons there.