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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting in Aurora, Colorado: Country Artists React

Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels Band
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Like the rest of America, country stars are waking up to learn of last night’s tragedy at a ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screening in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve were killed and dozens more injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowd waiting for the movie to begin. Country artists Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels and Steel Magnolia‘s Meghan Linsey are just a few hurt, angered or a confused by the shooting massacre.

According to reports in the Denver Post, emergency crews were alerted of the shooting at 12:30AM local time. The alleged gunman – 24-year-old James Holmes — was arrested behind the cinema without incident. Moviegoers say he released canisters of tear gas before opening fire. “Watching the news…so so sad. Pray for those victims & families,” Whitney Duncan tweeted as she learned the news.

(Note: Initial reports listed 14 dead and 50 injured, but those numbers have since been modified).

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