A heavily armed gunman tossed tear gas into the darkness of an Aurora, Colorado movie theater Friday and then sprayed the audience with gunfire during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, killing 12 and wounding 38 others, authorities said.
One of the injured was just 3 months old, according to hospital workers.
Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN. The suspect was not immediately identified. Police said he was a man in his 20s from Aurora.
"He did not resist. He did not put up a fight," Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said.
Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman, and FBI spokesman Jason Pack said it did not appear the incident was related to terrorism.
Police said the gunman "appeared" in the front of the theater and threw a smoke bomb before opening fire. A federal law enforcement official told CNN the smoke bomb described by witnesses was tear gas. It was unclear how the man got into the theater, but witnesses told CNN affiliate KUSA that he came in through an emergency door.
Now coming into work the radio stations were a buzz on so many crazy theories and outcomes. People calling in outraged theaters do not have armed swat members at all doors frisking everyone, that this guy just wanted to go to prison to escape debt and get three-squares... we need more gun control.. the theater *AND* the movie producers should be sued for providing the messages that this guy keyed off on... that this whole genre is to blame... that midnight movies will be banned.. consumes will be banned.. more thorough frisking (ignore the hoagie and gallon of HeeHaw soda please)... metal detectors... movie theater attendance will drop and destroy the industry unless people are made to feel safe.. etc..etc.. etc.
Personally, and this might be the hang over talking, I am not going to feel any less safe in a theater than I felt twenty four hours ago. I see this as a deliberate incident by one person... someone who clearly planned for it (flack jacket, gas mask, etc) and there's not much you can do, short of holing yourself up, to prevent a "wrong place at a wrong time". I am going to be pissed about any sort of knee jerk reaction I'll have to live through because of it.
Any thoughts on the tragedy? Is this going to affect your movie going habits? Any speculation on reaction?
Also updated information on the "why" would be nice if you hear it.