Warner Bros. "deeply saddened" by shooting during Colo. "Dark Knight Rises" screening

Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." Warner Bros.

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(CBS News) Warner Bros. has released a statement saying the studio is "deeply saddened" to learn a gunman in Colorado early Friday morning, leaving 12 people dead and dozens injured, according to police.

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"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident," the statement said. "We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

The gunman, who is in custody, has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. The attack happened at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver, during a midnight screening of the highly anticipated Batman film.

Colo. police: 12 dead in shooting at Batman movie

Warner Bros. has canceled a Paris premiere of the film that was scheduled to take place Friday night, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and has also canceled all French press interviews with director Christopher Nolan and the film's cast.

Chris Dodd, chairman of CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, joined the movie studio in expressing sympathy on Friday.

"We share the shock and sadness of everyone in the motion picture community at the news of this terrible event," he said in a statement. "We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy."

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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