WITNESSES HAVE BEEN recounting their experiences inside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora Colorado, where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in the early hours of the this morning.
The gunman opened fire in theatre number nine, and the cinema was also being screened in theatres eight and 16.
Ten died at the scene and two died later in hospital, while 38 people were injured.
One witness said he saw “a girl pretty much covered in blood” and said:
It hasn’t really hit me, I’m in shock.
Another witness said he saw a police officer carrying a little girl in his arms and that the child was not moving.
Witnesses said that the gunman, who is now in police custody, was throwing cannisters of tear gas at people in the cinema, and that he “wasn’t giving anyone a chance to get out”.
One witness uploaded this video of the panic in the aftermath of the shooting:
Uploaded by 13Shantyltoledo
A man who was standing outside Century 16 said he heard what sounded like a pipe bomb and a fully automatic weapon. A friend of his inside the cinema said that the gunman fired at least 50 or 60 shots.
The mother of a girl who was inside theatre number nine said her daughter saw a door at the front of the cinema open and something was thrown across the screen. The shooting then began. The incident began five minutes into The Dark Knight Rises.