Not long after the 12:05 a.m. start of a showing of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, a man armed with a rifle, a shotgun, two handguns and two gas cannisters, and wearing a gas mask, body armor and a riot helmet, entered the theater, set off the gas cannisters, and then opened fire. Twelve people were killed, the number having been originally reported as 14. The man later surrendered to police in the theater's parking lot, without resisting arrest. The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, who lived 4 miles from the theater, and was a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado's graduate program in Denver. When police searched his apartment, they found it to be booby-trapped.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and ABC News.
In a related development, ABC's Brian Ross suggested a possible Tea Party connection to the shootings, because a man with the same first and last names had a page on a Tea Party website. Ross later apologized for making that incorrect report. James Holmes (the Tea Partier) has since been interviewed by the Daily Caller.
In a strange twist, one of the victims killed in Aurora had escaped from a shooting in a mall in Toronto, Canada on June 2nd.