10 killed at Dark Knight Rises premiere

2012-07-20 10:44
Cape Town - A masked gunman shot dead 10 people and wounded 30 to 40 others at a premiere showing of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in Denver, reports Sky News.

Local radio reported people running screaming from the Century Aurora 16 Movie Theater in a mall in the suburb of Aurora.

The gunman reportedly opened fire 30 minutes into the showing of The Dark Knight Rises. He also allegedly set off a smoke or tear gas bomb in the crowded cinema.

Sky News also reports that the incident occurred at a midnight screening of the movie.

Fox News reports that there were two gunmen involved and one was reportedly in police custody.

"This started with a midnight showing of the new Dark Knight movie and the theatres were packed that were showing this movie," Brenda Stuart of 850 KOA Radio, told Sky News.

"People inside tell us they thought it was part of the movie. They heard what they thought were firecrackers, loud bangs and all of a sudden they saw the bullets flying.

"Police officers are carting the injured to the hospital in their own cars, not waiting for the ambulances."

Police closed off surrounding parking lots as sniffer dogs were brought in to search for a suspected explosive device.

The Dark Knight Rises opened in the US on Friday and is set for release in South Africa on 27 July.

* UPDATE: The death toll has risen to 14, according to news reports. See the follow-up here.