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UPDATE: How shooting suspect allegedly carried out theater massacre

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says the suspect in Friday's shootings inside a Colorado movie theater bought a ticket to the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie and went into the theater as part of the crowd. 

A federal law enforcement official said suspect James Holmes is believed to have propped open an exit door in the theater as the movie was playing, donned protective ballistic gear and opened fire.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who was briefed on the shootings, said the gunman had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker - the villain from the Batman movies. 

He was dressed all in black, wearing a bullet-proof vest, throat protection and leg protection, and black gloves, Aurora police said.

Police said Holmes fired at least 71 shots and killed 12 people. Several dozen others were shot with others injured in the chaos.

Police said Holmes had an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and two .40-caliber Glock handguns. The suspect also hurled two devices that set off smoke into the theater before opening fire, police said.

All of the weapons were bought legally and within the last few months, according to investigators.

Holmes had 6,000 rounds of ammunition which he bought through the Internet. The ammo was bought legally, police said.

Oates said hundreds of calls came in starting at 12:39 a.m. MDT Friday and officers were on the scene within 60 to 90 seconds. 

Oates said Holmes was taken into custody at his white Hyundai parked in back of the theater.

The suspect is reportedly not talking to investigators. Aurora police say they will not report on his motive.

Holmes was in custody in Arapahoe County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

The Associated Press

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