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Batman shooting: Deranged gunman opens fire at screening of ‘Dark Knight’,kills 14 in US

Gunman walked nonchalantly killing people in an eerie reminder of Kasab during Mumbai attacks

A masked gunman shot dead 10 people and wounded 30 to 40 others at a showing of new Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at a movie theatre in the US city of Denver,local radio station KOA reported on Friday,citing witnesses.

One person has been arrested but police did not have any other details.

The radio station said a figure in a mask had opened fire at the Batman screening in a mall in the suburb of Aurora and set off a smoke or tear gas bomb. It said initial police estimates were of 30-40 injured.

Dozens of police were at the scene,footage showed.

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KOA said authorities were evacuating the area while they checked if there was an exploding device there or if other gunmen in Batman mask were around.

One witness was quoted as saying he saw a guy slowly making his way up the stairs and firing,picking random people.

It said local hospitals were alerted to a mass casualty incident.

Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the shooting at the Dark Knight screening,but a spokeswoman for Denver’s Swedish Medical Center said three people had been admitted to that hospital with gunshot wounds and were in extremely critical condition.

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Another hospital,Denver Health,had received six wounded,one of whom was in critical condition,spokeswoman Kalena Wilkinson said.

“The scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time,”’ police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson said in a brief news release.

Witness Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he was inside Theater 16 and heard several shots.

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“Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming,”’ he told the station.

Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a particularly loud ‘Dark Knight Rises’ movie being played next door. But then he saw “people hunched over leaving theater.”

Spokeswoman Nicole Williams said that two people in critical condition had been rushed to the nearby Swedish Medical Center.

She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the Batman shooting scene.

“We’re on standby to receive,” she said. “Police said they could have as many as 20 or more (patients).”

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Williams said she was told that “somebody opened fire with some sort of weapon during the “Dark Knight” movie.

Aurora is located on the outskirts of Denver,about 10 miles southeast of downtown.

First published on: 20-07-2012 at 03:50:42 pm
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