New details about the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting are emerging after a gunman opened fire on moviegoers and employees, killing 12 and injuring 58 more.
The shooting at the Century 16 in Aurora, which began when a gunman walked into a crowded movie theater with a rifle, was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters the gunman was “not an active shooter.”
He said the shooting took place in an underground parking garage.
He did not provide additional details.
The shooter was “laying down” in an “underground parking garage,” said Oates, adding that he had no information about the condition of the shooter’s body.
Aurora’s theater shooting occurred a day after the shooting at a Florida elementary school that killed 14 students and a teacher.
The school shooter, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, was charged with murder and other offenses.
He has been in jail since his arrest.
Shepard was born in Virginia, was raised in Massachusetts and was a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
The gunman at the theater was also from Olympia, according to a Facebook post.
The U.N. is providing support for victims and families of the Aurora theater shooting, including the families of victims and the gunman’s relatives.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement that Britain stands with the victims and their families.
“We are working with the United States to offer support, including through an international task force and a global investigation,” Cameron said.
“I am sure that we will all work together in the days and weeks ahead to bring justice to those responsible for this senseless tragedy.”
The gunman, identified by authorities as James Holmes, is being held without bond and is expected to be charged with the first-degree murder of two people, according a news release from the Aurora Police Department.
He was charged in the shooting after police said he showed up to a home on the 1200 block of E. 14th Street, where he was spotted by a neighbor and fired a round into the home.
The suspect’s car was found at a home in Aurora with a bullet hole in the rear passenger seat, police said.
A second vehicle was found nearby with a gunshot wound to the rear driver’s side window.
Police said Holmes fired more rounds into the building.
The second shooting was the first to occur inside the Century Center, according the release.
A police officer and an off-duty Aurora police officer were wounded in the shootings, and a third officer was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police told reporters.
The investigation into the shooting was ongoing.
The FBI said it was conducting a review of the incident and has no immediate information about possible links to terrorism.
The incident comes as the U.J.C.L.A. campus is facing new pressure from students and faculty to reexamine its security measures.
The University of California, Berkeley has agreed to take on more security for its campus after its president, Nicholas Dirks, was removed from office over his handling of the campus sexual assault case.
The campus is now hosting a campus forum on Monday.
The university said it had increased security measures and would begin screening people entering the campus in the morning.
UJ. students and others have demanded a campuswide review of campus security, which Dirks said in January was “very difficult” to carry out.
Dirks is the first president to be removed from the UC Berkeley campus since the school’s founding in 1873.
He is now a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where Dirks was a professor for more than 30 years.
In a statement on Monday, Dirks defended the way he handled the sexual assault scandal on campus.
“The UC Berkeley community is a community of people with different beliefs and experiences,” the statement said.
There are some students on our campus who are offended by the way that I handled the issue of sexual assault.
They have been angry with me for years, and it is my responsibility to ensure that they feel supported and that I am heard.
That is the very essence of leadership.”
He added, “The University of Oregon and other universities should do the same.”