A man is in custody
shooting dead 14
A man is in custody after allegedly shooting dead 14 people and wounding up to 50 others at a screening of new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in the US city of Denver, Colorado.
Reports suggest a figure in a gas mask opened fire at the showing in a mall in the suburb of Aurora and set off a smoke or tear gas bomb.
Initial police estimates were of about 50 injured. Ten people died at the scene and four in hospital.
Children are believed to be among the victims of the shooting.
A witness told local media he saw people covered in blood after the shooting.
"A cop came walking through the door holding a little girl in his arms, and she wasn't moving."
Another witness said he heard explosions and what sounded like a fully automatic weapon.
"It was more than 50 or 60 shots. I was just worried about getting out of there."
A spokeswoman for Denver's Swedish Medical Centre said three people had been admitted to that hospital with gunshot wounds and were in critical condition. Another hospital, Denver Health, had received six wounded, one of whom was in critical condition, spokeswoman Kalena Wilkinson said.
Aurora police say the suspect was found at the back of the theatre in a parking lot with a gas-mask, a rifle and a handgun.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman. Dozens of police were at the scene, and authorities had evacuated the area while they checked for explosive devices.
Police say the suspect told them he had explosives at his apartment building. That building has been evacuated.