Police continue their investigation outside of a home
following an overnight hostage-taking incident in Aurora,
Colorado. Photo by Reuters
Four people, including the gunman, were dead following a
hostage-taking incident in Aurora, Colorado, the same town
where a man shot dead 12 people and wounded 58 more in a movie
theater last July, police told reporters.
After nearly six hours of failed negotiations, police killed
the gunman as he opened fire on them through a second-story
window of a townhouse where he had barricaded himself, said
Aurora police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson.
It was unclear from police and media reports whether officers
entered the home or shot the man through the window. KUSA
television reported that he was killed after police fired
tear gas and entered the home, where they found three more
The victims were believed to be related to the gunman,
Around 3am (local time) police notified neighbours of an
emergency situation and evacuated several blocks, Carlson
said in a news briefing outside the row of beige townhouses
in this middle-class Aurora neighborhood, just outside
One person inside had escaped and alerted authorities, she
Around 8am, the gunman fired on a police vehicle, leading to
an exchange of gunfire, KMGH television said. At that time
police saw the first body, the station reported.
Carlson said the gunman, whose name has not been released,
died just before 9am.
A neighbour, Michael Ignace, 46, said he had spoken to the
gunman and "he seemed like a reasonable guy, and we talked
Police entered Ignace's apartment during the night and
alerted him, but he chose to stay in his house, he said.
The same Denver suburb was rocked by the mass shooting in
July that had been the deadliest in the United States of 2012
until the December 14 massacre at an elementary school in
Newtown, Connecticut, where 28 died, including the shooter.
In Aurora, the gunman opened fire during a midnight screening
of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Police
identified former neuroscience graduate student James Holmes
as the suspect in a crime that renewed debate about the sale
of powerful semi-automatic rifles and extended capacity