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A mass shooting at the Aurora Mall has injured numerous people and dozens dead. The FBI says 12 people are dead and 38 injured. Witnesses say someone set off smoke bombs or teargas, put on a gas mask and started firing an assault rifle. Police are telling reporters on scene that one suspect is under arrest. Buses were seen taking witnesses away to Gateway High School for questioning. It’s not clear how serious the injuries are of the wounded.
If family members are looking for loved ones that were at the Century 16 Theaters we are asking them to go to Gateway H.S. 1300 S. Sable.
Information line for info on victims or tips: 303-739-1862
Law enforcement sources tell CBS News the gunman is James Holmes. Age 24. Born 12/13/87
Statement by President Barack Obama on the Shooting in Colorado
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
Gov. John Hickenlooper released this statement:
“This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of depravity. It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning. Our prayers and condolences go first to the families of those killed, and we share the grief of everyone affected by this senseless event. We appreciate the swift work by local, state and federal law enforcement. Coloradans have a remarkable ability to support one another in times of crisis. This one of those times.”
Mayor Michael B. Hancock released the following statement:
“It is a tragic day for all of us when innocent people fall to senseless violence. On behalf of my family and the City of Denver, we offer condolences, prayers and support to those hurt by this heinous crime. Our hearts are broken but we are determined to move forward together. Denver is working diligently with neighboring Aurora officials, law enforcement and emergency responders to provide any assistance and resources needed. We stand at the ready to support the individuals and families affected by this senseless, senseless act.”
Mark Udall released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened and outraged by these senseless and tragic shootings,” Udall said. “My thoughts go out to the families and friends of those killed, and I am praying for a speedy recovery for those who were wounded. My staff and I are in close contact with officials on the ground and will offer any federal resources needed to investigate this terrible crime and bring those responsible to justice.”