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Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver

Updated: 2012-07-23 11:10

At least 14 people have been killed in a shooting at a Batman film premiere in the US city of Denver, police said.

About 50 people have been injured in the incident, BBC News quoted police saying.

Witnesses said a gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire at the cinema complex in Aurora, at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

There were reports the gunman released a smoke bomb during the incident. Police said they have one suspect in custody. Many ambulances are at the scene.

The Swedish Medical Center, not the area's main hospital, told the BBC it had received three gunshot victims.

A witness told 9News that during a shooting scene in the film he heard loud bangs and a lot of smoke and initially thought they were live special effects put on by the cinema.

Projectiles came through the wall from the neighbouring theatre screening, the witness said.

CNN quoted one witness saying: "A guy slowly making his way up the stairs and firing - picking random people."