The Madeleine Brand Show for July 20, 2012

12 dead, dozens injured - On scene update from Colorado theater shooting

Gunman Kills At Least 10 At Screening of The Dark Knight Rises

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Investigators on the scene at the Century 16 movie theater where a gunmen attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."

At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded at a midnight screening of the new film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.

Authorities have the suspect 24-year-old James Holmes in custody. He was arrested on the scene and reportedly had at least four guns: a rifle, a shotgun and two pistols. No word yet on his motive. FBI agents and local police conducting a search of his Aurora apartment have said it is booby trapped. They've evacuated five nearby buildings.

Aurora is about 20 miles from Columbine - the scene of the 1999 school shooting that left 13 people dead.

Colorado Public Radio reporter Megan Verlee joined the show to talk with guest host Alex Cohen from outside the suspect's apartment building. Verlee said members of the community couldn't help but remember the Columbine tragedy. Many law enforcement officers responding to the scene in Aurora were also involved in the Columbine shooting.

Holmes' parents live in San Diego - they were alerted of the incident by the media. A San Diego police spokesperson talked to the press this morning in San Diego and asked for privacy.

Guest:

Megan Verlee, reporter at Colorado Public Radio. Follow Verlee on Twitter @CPRverlee.


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