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Paris Dark Knight premiere cancelled

2012-07-20 14:56
Paris Dark Knight premiere cancelled
Cape Town - The Dark Knight Rises  premiere set for Paris has been cancelled following a mass shooting that left 12 dead in the US town of Aurora in Colorado, reports People.

Police have revised the death toll to 12 after 14 were feared dead, according to reports.

The red carpet premiere was set to take place at the Champs-Elysees on Friday night but Warner Bros cancelled all interviews related to the movie opening as well at the actual premiere.

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman are at Paris' hotel Le Bristol to promote the film. However, journalists present at le Bristol for a daytime press conference were told to leave.

A French website posted photos of crew taking down the red carpet and Batman-shaped archway at the Paris premiere venue.

The cancellation comes after 12 moviegoers who attended a midnight screening of the movie in Aurora were killed by a masked man and a suspected accomplice who opened fire at the crowded movie theatre.

Fifty others are believed to have been also injured in the incident, the youngest victim was reported to be a three-month-old baby.

Police have since arrested the suspect who was said to be heavily armed in a parking lot of the movie house.

According to witnesses, the attack began when a canister of tear gas was thrown into the crowd through an emergency exit door.

The suspect then opened fire on his helpless victims.

The apprehended suspect has been named as 24-year-old local James Holmes.

* UPDATE: Warner Bros, the movie studio behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, has released the following 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."

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