Aurora Police officers are pictured outside an apartment building in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo : Reuters)
Following this morning's deadly shooting during the screening of The Dark Knight Rises, theatregoers are speaking out on what they saw, as President Obama speaks on the matter.
The gunman, revealed to be 24-year-old James Holmes, entered the Century 16 Movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 50.
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"This night was supposed to be something super, super amazing," said witness Chris Ramos to a local CBS station in Colorado. "We thought it was part of the movie...it was tear gas, it was getting everywhere. We thought we were bleeding.
Ramos added the guy sitting affront of him was shot. He said Holmes was shooting randomly, and acted alone.
Donovan Tate was also at Century 16, said, "There was this one guy on all fours crawling. There was this girl spitting up blood. There were bullet holes in some people's backs, in some people's arms. There was one guy who was just stripped down to his boxers. It looked like he had been shot in the back or something."
Other details within the theater were gathered by the Wall Street Journal and Sky News:
"I thought it was some sort of publicity stunt for a second but then he threw tear gas over the crowd directly behind where we were. Then he started firing shots to the crowd. He just walked in pretty casually, threw the tear gas, then he just started firing."
"A cop came walking through the front door holding a little girl in his arms and she wasn't moving. I'd heard another witness in my theater, she was on the phone and the really messed up part for me was that she said she saw bullet holes in the little girl's back."
"There was a child struck, a little baby girl was struck in her back and that was something that's going to stay with me for the rest of my life. You can never prepare yourself for seeing a mother holding her child."
According to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, the apartment of Holmes contains weapons and is "booby trapped" with flammable devices.
"We could be here for hours, we could be here for days," said Oates.
Obama, who expressed he was "shocked and saddened" about the shootings spoke to a crowd in Florida, saying "Life is very fragile, our time here is limited, and it is precious," and asked Americans to keep the people of Aurora in their hearts.
Obama stated that he is there for the families' victims. Obama is in Florida campaigning, but suspended scheduled events after the events in Aurora.