A total of 71 victims were shot at during a sold out movie showing in Colorado early Friday morning.
Officials say the alleged shooter bought a movie ticket and left an exit door propped open before returning in tactical gear and heavily armed.
Aurora Police received numerous calls at 12:39 am reporting the shooting rampage.
12 died and 59 injured, including children.
There were so many injured people being transported to different hospitals that some were rushed in police cars.
According to reports, 24-year-old James Holmes was wearing a gas mask as he entered the theater and threw a tear gas canister just before opening fire on anyone who tried to leave.
“Everybody was running in the chaos and everything and he casually walks up away from the screen like nothing happened. Honestly, that is the part that really got me. The fact that a man can really just walk like nothing happened knowing that he just shot a whole bunch of people,” said Chris Ramos, Witness.
Holmes, the alleged shooter, told police he left booby traps in his apartment.
“I don’t know what all the trip wires are connected to but there are, you can see several string-like contraptions there,” said Chris Henderson, Deputy Aurora Police Chief.
“Anything can happen. People are crazy,” said a Local Resident.
“I think this is an isolated incident,” said a Local Resident.
“We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people. We’re going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinary difficult time,” said President Barack Obama.
Police say Holmes had his hair red and told them he was the “Joker”. He was a Neuroscience PhD in the middle of withdrawing from the program. Holmes has no previous arrest record or any ties to terrorism.
The case remains under investigation. FOX 2 will keep you updated as information is released.
Jessica Solis, FOX 2 News at 9.