At least 12 people are dead and up to 50 wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Denver CO movie theater.

Moviegoers were there to see a midnight showing of the premiere of the Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at the Century Aurora 16 theater.   Witnesses at first thought that the chaos was ‘part of the show’ as the suspect set off tear gas then began shooting.

The witnesses say he threw a two gas canisters into the theater after busting down the door. The witnesses said no one reacted at first – thinking he was a stunt for the movie.

“He looked so calm when he did it,” the eyewitness said. “It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot.”

The witnesses said he – at first – fired into the air and then started shooting towards the people.

“He had no specific target. He just started letting loose,” the eyewitness said. 9news

The 24 year old white male suspect was detained at the scene claiming he had additional explosives at the apartment where he lived.

8:22 am--Updated to reflect 12 dead
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