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      Colorado shooting follows Batman movie showing, police now say 12 dead

      UPDATE: AURORA, Colo. -- According to the Associated Press, police say the apartment of the gunman accused of killing 12 people and wounding 50 at a Colorado movie theatre on Friday is booby-trapped and the area has been evacuated.

      According to WNWO sister station KXRM in Colorado Springs, 24-year-old James Holmes entered a Century 16 movie theatre showing the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere around 12:30 a.m. AP reports he carried an assault rifle, shotgun and two pistols.

      Watch: Live streaming updates from KUSA

      "Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire," KXRM quotes Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates at a news conference this morning.

      Gage Hankins, 18, of Mt. Blanchard, was shot in the left forearm while sitting in a theater adjacent to theater 9 where the gunman opened fire. Hankins, a May graduate of Riverdale High School, was watching a movie with his brother when he noticed blood on his arm. At that point, the two brothers, who were in Colorado on vacation with family, fled the building.

      According to Riverdale Local Schools Superintendent, Eric Hoffman, Hankins is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the day Friday. He has been in contact with the boys' father, Dave Hankins, who is a transportation supervisor for the school district. Hoffman says Gage is in good spirits and is expected to fully recover.

      Holmes is currently in police custody and an FBI official tells KXRM they do not believe the incident is tied to any terrorist group.

      Watch: President Obama remarks on Colorado theatre shooting

      ORIGINAL REPORT: AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire early Friday at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing 14 people and leaving at least 50 other injured, said.

      The shooting occurred during a showing of the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," police said.

      The violence erupted about 12:30 a.m. MDT as the gunman stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall.

      "Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire," Oates said at a news conference.

      One suspect is in custody and there's no evidence of any additional shooters, Oates said.

      There was no immediate word of any motive.

      Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.

      "Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station.

      Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."

      Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

      She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the shooting scene.

      "We're on standby to receive," she said.

      Aurora is located on the southeast outskirts of Denver, about 10 miles from downtown.

      hooting erupted around midnight Thursday at a suburban Denver movie theater, police said.

      The Aurora, Colo. police dispatch office said that there are fatalities but they don't know how many.

      Calls about the shooting started coming in about 12:30 a.m. Friday from a mall theater that was showing the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," the office said.

      One person has been arrested but police did not have any other immediate details.

      "The scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time," police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson said in a brief news release.

      Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.

      She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the shooting scene.