12 Dead, 50 Injured in Colorado Massacre

By Merrill Knox Comment

Local stations in Denver remain in breaking news coverage at this hour after a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, CO left at least 12 dead and 50 injured.

NBC-affiliate KUSA was the first station to go into continuing coverage, around 2:25 a.m. local time. Reporter Brandon Rittiman anchored from the scene of the shooting. Rittiman was joined by morning anchor Kyle Dyer at 2:45 a.m.

KMGH, the ABC-affiliate, ran a breaking news ticker during “World News Now” starting shortly after 2:40 a.m. “World News” reported on the news at 2:50 a.m. KMGH broke in to that program with its own coverage at 3:08 a.m. Mitch Jelniker anchored coverage.

CBS O&O KCNC broke into overnight programming for a short update from Kelly Werthmann at the scene at 3:41 a.m., then returned at 3:55 a.m. with Evrod Cassimy anchoring. Cassimy was joined by morning anchor Brooke Wagner at 4:30 a.m.

KDVR, the Fox-affiliate, first reported the news at 5 a.m., at the regularly-scheduled start of the morning show. Melody Mendez and Nick Emmons anchored. They were joined by reporter Justin Joseph from the scene.