Latest Update From Aurora

A brief update on the latest details from Aurora, Colo., the site of a mass shooting just after midnight Friday morning. Authorities held a press conference in the early afternoon after spending the day disarming the shooting suspect's "booby-trapped" apartment.

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Here's what we know about yesterday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at this hour. Twelve people are dead and 58 others injured, with some in critical condition in hospitals in the area. Earlier today, President Obama had this to say about the tragedy.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Even as we come to learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings. Such evil is senseless, beyond reason.

RAZ: Survivors describe scenes of chaos and confusion inside that movie theater. Patricia Legaretta is one of them. She spoke to CNN.

PATRICIA LEGARETTA: I just ran out. I didn't turn around. I didn't look behind me. I just got out. And then there was a moment when my daughter tripped, and I just pulled her up and I was just dragging her and I was just thinking, we just got to get out.

RAZ: The suspect, 24-year-old James Holmes, is in custody. Little is known about him. Investigators are hoping to gather evidence inside his apartment. The problem: It's booby-trapped, dozens of explosives and a trip wire to detonate them. Earlier today, a bomb squad carried out a controlled detonation on one of those devices.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Fire in the hole.

(SOUNDBITE OF EXPLOSION)

RAZ: Authorities are working to preserve the contents of that apartment. Meanwhile, makeshift memorials have gone up throughout the city of Aurora. Stay with NPR. We'll continue to update this story on the air and online at npr.org.

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