The sad and shocking news that 12 people had died and many others were injured in a shooting came out of Colardo in the early hours of the morning has been hard to take in for many, with it being bewildering that what should have been a pleasant night at the cinema turning into a night of horror. As the story is constantly developing, here's a brief summary of what we know so far.
-According to The Guardian Aurora police chief Dan Oates identified the suspect in the cinema shootings as James Holmes in a press conference. Oates told reporters details about the scene of the multiple killings, saying that the police were first called at 12.30am. Within "one minute to a minute and a half" officers arrived at the scene, and apprehended Holmes to the rear of the movie theatre, near his car, a white Hyundai. He said 25 police officers were on the scene "in minutes". 200 police officers were eventually present. Holmes apparently had three weapons in his car, Oates said: an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .40 Glock handgun. Another handgun of the same type was found in the theatre.
- According to ABC News the suspect told police that he was the Batman character The Joker.
-Pictures are now circulating of the suspect James Holmes, who attended a Colorado medical college.
PHOTO University of CO/SplashNews: Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes.
- Police went to gather evidence from the suspect's apartment, but amid concerns that the apartment was boobytrapped, bomb disposal experts were called for, including a bomb disposal robot and the FBI according to The Daily Mail.
-One of the victims of the attack has been named, Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sports reporter, had previously survived a similar attack in Toronto. She was named by a friend on Twitter.
-President Obama paid his own tribute to the victims, saying: "The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and father, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, friends and neighbours. they had hopes for the future, dreams that were not yet fulfilled."
-The Paris premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises' was cancelled by Warner Bros, the studio behind the film. Security has been upped for screenings of the film. Warner Bros released this statement: "Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."