What Happened in Aurora Movie Complex
After midnight, a black dressed gunman enters from an exit door into the movie complex, according to witnesses. He sets off two smoke devices in Theater 9, packed with families and children attending a showing of a Batman follow-up, according to the police.
After the hall filled with smoke the gunman starts firing randomly at audience members. Ten people are killed in the theater, two die at hospitals and scores are wounded. Some rounds penetrate the attaching theater, where at least one person is hit. An AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington shotgun and a .40-caliber Glock handgun are used in the shootings, police said.
Scores of 911 calls are made starting at 12:39 a.m. The police respond within two minutes, and by 12:45 a.m. Mr. Holmes is detained near his car, parked outside the back door of the movie complex. A fourth gun, another .40-caliber Glock, is found in his car. Mr. Holmes tells police that he has explosives at an Aurora residence.
The authorities evacuate five buildings in Mr. Holmes’s North Aurora neighborhood. They start work to disable various inflammable and chemical devices and trip wires in his third-floor apartment unit.
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