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Twelve people are dead and 58 others injured following a shooting at a movie theater in a suburb of Denver, Colorado early Friday morning.  Eleven victims were in critical condition.

Police say 24-year-old James Holmes walked into the midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora wearing a gas mask and SWAT gear.

Holmes is accused of setting of a tear gas canister and then opening fire.  He was described as a lone wolf and does not have ties to terror groups.

The bodies of the ten people who died inside of the theater were removed by 5 p.m. local time.  A list of teh victims had not been released on Friday night.

A three-year-old infant and and a 6-year-old child were reported to be the youngest victims. They were being treated at a local hospital.

Some of the victims were being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Ten people died at the theater. There is no evidence of any additional shooters. 

Among the dead is Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring journalist, who survived a mall shooting in Toronto a month ago. 

The Department of Defense reports that a Navy sailor who was in the theater is unaccounted for and three other military personnel were wounded in the mass shooting.

Video posted to YouTube following the shooting shows a chaotic scene with some people leaving the movie theater covered in blood.

Colorado police say 70 people were shot or injured in the movie theater massacre.

A search of Holmes' apartment in Aurora found it to be booby-trapped. The area was evacuated and police say it could days before the building is secure.

Five buildings in total were evacuated.

A large truck lettered "bomb squad" arrived near the complex where the suspect is believed to have lived, about four miles from the theater.  Dozens of police squad cars, vans and other vehicles were already at the scene, along with black-clad officers carrying automatic weapons.

Moviegoers spoke of their terror as violence erupted.

Benjamin Fernandez tells the Denver Post that as shots rang out, he saw some people run and others fall to the ground, including one young girl who was struck in the cheek. He says another girl, who appeared to be about 9 years old, was struck in the stomach.

Police say he used a variety of weapons.   They were all purchased legally.  They say he purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition through the Internet. 

In New York City, police have stepped up security at theaters showing 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

In response to the deadly shootout, police will be providing security at theaters where 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing.

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs." - Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

President Barack Obama says he is "shocked and saddened" by the shootings.

He is urging the nation to "come together as one American family."

Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the "horrific and tragic" shooting. Obama says his administration will do everything they can to support the people of Aurora.

"Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time," the studio said.

It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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