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(AURORA, Colo.) — The young man in custody after allegedly gunning down 12 people in a mass shooting spree overnight in Aurora, Colo., has been identified as local resident James Holmes, according to federal authorities.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News Holmes wore what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest and riot-type mask as he opened fire in a movie theater with three weapons at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.  In addition to the 12 deaths, at least 50 people were injured, according to police.

Local news reports showed aerial video of police cautiously searching Holmes’ apartment, some five miles from the Century Aurora 16 theater, as the suspect reportedly told police he had explosives inside.

Witnesses said that the man appeared at the front of the theater about 20 minutes into the movie with a rifle, handgun and gas mask. He then threw a canister that released some kind of gas, after which a hissing sound ensued, and then opened fire on the crowd packed into the early-morning screening of the film.

The FBI said approximately 100 of its agents are on the scene assisting with the ongoing investigation.

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