A gunman, shortly after midnight, walked into an Aurora, Colo., theater during the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and opened fire.
Twelve people have been reported killed, and at least 50 wounded. A suspect, James Holmes, 24, is in custody.
Many Americans woke to the news and in addition to, or in lieu of, flipping on their TVs, turned to social media for the latest information. The chain of events unfolded in the early morning on Twitter from witnesses inside and outside the theater.
Take this chilling inside account:
This video of the chaotic aftermath flooded the Web, giving the nation a firsthand account of the confusion:
A shocked nation
The public and politicians took to Twitter to offer prayers and express their condolences. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tweeted:
Reporters offered immediate observations
National and local reporters tweeted the news as it unfolded. Local reporter Amanda Kost:
There were also those who tweeted their relief for narrowly escaping the shooting.
#Aurora #theatershooting #Batman were trending on Twitter at the time of this report.
Roula Amire is managing editor of Ragan.com.