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No second suspect in Aurora killings: police

world Updated: Jul 22, 2012 12:18 IST

Police in Aurora, Colorado, early on Sunday dismissed suspicions that another person helped James Holmes prepare the massacre at a movie theater that left 12 people dead.

"There are multiple unconfirmed and inaccurate news reports about a second suspect," police spokeswoman Cassidee Carson said in a statement. "In regards to those reports: An associate of Holmes was interviewed this evening. There is no reason to believe that he is involved."

She said that further details of this investigation would not be released at this time.

Early on Friday, a black-clad gunman in full body armor opened fire at a packed US movie theater in Aurora, creating a bloodbath which left at least 12 dead and 58 injured.

Chaos erupted when the gunman tossed two tear gas or smoke grenades into the audience at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," then gunned down terrified patrons as they scrambled for the exits.

Police arrested the suspect -- identified as 24-year-old James Holmes -- without encountering resistance by his car at the rear of the theater, in Aurora, a suburb of the city of Denver, in Colorado.