The first news outlets to report the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater during a showing of “Dark Knight Rises” were local – 7 News, KUSA and the Denver Post. The outlets posted to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts at first, posting that there was a shooting.
2:20 a.m.: 7 News morning says multiple people have been shot at Century 16 movie theater in Aurora.
Ryan Parker, a reporter for the Denver Post, said he had been on scene since 2:30 a.m. – he was there, originally, to cover the excitement of the midnight release. ( http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21118201/unknown-number-people-shot-at-aurora-movie-theater )
3:06: 7 News: Swedish Hospital confirms 2 patients in critical condition and up to 20 more patients inbound.
Between 3:30 and 5 a.m., most media companies from all over the world were reporting that 10 people were killed during the shooting and 50 were injured.
4:27: The Denver Post: 14 were killed and 50 were wounded
4:40: The Denver Post: Photos of the shooting
4:56: Marc Stewart at 7 News: Araphaoe deputies at road blocks with weapons visible.
4:58: 7 News: Overhead photos at the scene
5:12: The Denver Post: A 24-year-old suspect is in custody.
5:15: 7 News: University Hospital has 20 victims, with minor to severe injuries and children’s hospital has 6 victims, ages 6-31.
5:15: Good Morning America: Early check of suspect’s name turns up no links to radical Islamic groups or domestic terror organizations.
5:21: The Denver Post says 10 people died at the scene and 4 died at hospitals.
5:33: Jake Tapper of ABC News: POTUS was notified of the theater shooting at 5:26 a.m. by homeland security adviser John Brennan.
6:03: 7 News: The 20 victims as University Hospital range from ages 3 months to 45 years old.
6:13: Good Morning America: At least 100 FBI agents are on scene in Aurora, Colorado.
6:18: 7 News: The president is “shocked and saddened” by the shooting.
6:19: The Denver Post: Witness reported that the gunman started shooting when a gunshot scene in the movie began.
6:33: Good Morning America: Suspect had three weapons including possible assault rifle.
6:35: 7 News: When gunman started shooting, many in the theater thought it was part of the show.
6:38: 7 News: Aurora theater shooting is largest mass shooting in US since Virginia Tech in 2007.
6:42: The Denver Post: Gunman entered the theater through the emergency exist, threw a tear gas bomb and opened fire.
6:50: The Denver Post: Mitt Romney is “deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence.”
6:50: Aurora police revise death toll from 14 to 12.
6:58: Jake Tapper of ABC: Police received numerous calls of the shooting around 12:39 a.m.
7:06: Good Morning America: Suspect identified as James Holmes, born Dec. 13, 1987.
7:08: ABC News: Aurora police say suspect is an Aurora resident in his early 20s.
7:12: Christina Ginn of CNN: Four guns found and recovered. Assault weapon, rifle and 2 handguns.
7:44: ABC News: Suspect’s mother says “You have the right person. I need to call the police. I need to fly out to Colorado.”
7:52: Mitch Jelniker of 7 News: Red carpet premiere of “Dark Knight Rises” in Paris canceled after shooting.
8:00: The Denver Post: Police search apartment of suspected gunman
8:02: 7 News: Investigators say theater shooting suspect has no criminal history in Colorado.
8:05: Reuters: Suspect in custody. ( http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/20/us-usa-shooting-denver-arrest-idUSBRE86J0DK20120720)
8:53: The Denver Post: President Obama cuts short Florida campaign visit.
9:33: Jake Tapper of ABC: POTUS speaks to Aurora mayor and Colorado governor. Asks “affiliates to pull down our contrast advertising for the time being.”
9:46: 7 News: Suspect’s apartment is booby trapped.
9:51: 7 News: Suspect is from San Diego, moved to Colorado last year to pursue a phD
9:52: 7 News: Suspect’s apartment is booby-trapped with flammable or explosive items in a “very sophisticated” setup.
9:59: Jake Tapper of ABC: Romney campaign says it’s pulling ads in Colorado.
10:12: 7 News: CU Denver confirms James Holmes was getting a phD in neuroscience. Started in the fall of 2011 and withdrew last month.
10:25: The Denver Post: Jessica Ghawi, aspiring sportscaster who escaped Toronto shooting, among shooting victims.
10:28: Barbara Starr of CNN: Pentagon officials say service members are among the casualties in the Colorado shooting.
11:04: 7 News: First confirmed photo of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes. ( pic.twitter.com/xvutdMWU)
12:28: ABC World News: Suspect in Colorado shooting told authorities he was the joker, according