A suburban cinema in Denver Colorado was the scene of a mass shooting early today Friday July 20, 2012. The latest reports state that 14 people were killed and at least 50 injured as a man wearing a helmet, gas mask and body armour opened fire. The youngest victim was six-years-old but t is not known if she or he was injured or killed.
The suspect, who is in his 20s, latest reports say James Holmes aged 24, hinted that explosives had also been laid. Currently police are following up on his comments and the area, plus the gunman's home, is under scrutiny.
The shootings happened at a planned Midnight Premiere of the latest Batman film the Dark Knight. As he entered the building the gunman slowly picked of his victims before eventually opening fire as people tried to flee. The gunman threw a canister of gas which has left some of those injured suffering chemical burns.
As those caught up in the madness in the cinema realised what was unfolding, many ran in panic. This resulted in some being trampled. Those who managed to escape have been retelling some of what happened to the media. Cell phone footage was taken by some at the scene showing the carnage.
Once again it puts into question US gun laws. Police say that it is not believed to have been an act of terrorism.
Update: Police have confirmed that at least 12 people were killed in the shooting and 59 injured. The suspect James Holmes is said to be a student. He was apprehended in a car park following the mass shootings.