A 24-year-old, identified as James Holmes, entered a Chinese Mann movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado shortly after the start of a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises began, released a gas canister, and began shooting at the crowd. The man was wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask and was armed with multiple weapons. At least twelve people were killed and fifty injured. The man was arrested shortly after 12:30 AM. Warner Brothers has announced the cancellation of a red-carpet premiere scheduled for Paris, France this evening.
James Van Pelt has won the Colorado Book Award for Genre Fiction (Mystery/Thriller & Science Fiction/Fantasy) for his collection The Radio Magician and Other Stories. The awards were presented by the Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book on June 25 at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen. The awards, which are given in thirteen categories, recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors.