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Batman Movie Massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials said the suspect in Thursday night's deadly shooting in Colorado is James Holmes, a 24-year-old American.
 
Officials believe Holmes killed a dozen people when he fired into a crowded movie theater in a Denver suburb. He was wearing a gas mask and set off an unknown gas in the theater.
 
Holmes is in police custody, and the FBI said there is no indication that incident is tied to any terrorist groups.
 
At least 12 people were killed and 50 were being treated at Denver area hospitals after the shooting at a midnight showing of Batman, the youngest a 3-month-old baby.
 
Twelve people were taken to the Medical Center of Aurora with gunshot wounds and ranged from minor to critical condition. Three were treated for chemical exposure, most likely from tear gas. They ranged in age from 16 to 31.
 
Denver Health had seven victims - one in critical and the rest in fair condition.
 
The University of Colorado hospital was treating 21 people, including the baby, for gunshot wounds. The oldest is 45.
 
A 6-year-old was being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims ranging were taken. The oldest patient there is 31. Their condition wasn't known.
 
According to witness reports to local media, Holmes threw a canister which erupted in smoke before opening fire indiscriminately on the crowd. One witness told KUSA the gunman said nothing before or during the early Friday shooting.
 
Those in an adjacent theater say the bullets pierced the walls. Some believed the gunfire was part of the movie. One man in the theater said when he heard moaning and knew people were in pain. Video showed people being carried away.
 
President Barack Obama says he is "shocked and saddened" by the deadly shooting. He is urging the nation to "come together as one American family."
 
Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the "horrific and tragic" shooting. Obama said his administration will do everything they can to support the people of Aurora, Colo.
  
Obama was in Florida at the time of the shooting. The White House says Obama was informed of the shooting by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan, at 5:26 a.m. EDT.

The Paris premiere of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" has been canceled.

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