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Rock musicians reacted on Twitter over the weekend to the senseless violence that occurred in Aurora, Colorado on Friday morning (July 20th), when a lone gunman walked into a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises at a local multiplex, threw a canister of tear gas and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and wounding as many as 70 more. Police have arrested 24-year-old James Holmes, who surrendered to authorities behind the movie theater. As news of the tragedy spread, rockers began to turn to Twitter to voice their horror.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry: "My heart goes out to all the victims and their families of the terrible tragedy in Colorado."

Nickelback: "We are sickened and saddened at the senseless tragedy in Aurora, CO. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible event."

Slash: "The events of last night in Aurora, CO are horrific & tragic. My heart aches for the deceased & the injured. & their families & friends."

At press time, little was known about Holmes except that he was originally from San Diego and was a student at the University of Colorado, where he was in the process of dropping out of the neuroscience program.

He began buying the four guns used in the attack in May, buying all four legally at two national gun chain stores.

Holmes was dressed all in black, wearing a helmet, armored leggings, a gas mask and a bulletproof vest when he staged his assault. He gave up to police outside the theater after the massacre, allegedly calling himself "the Joker."

His apartment was reportedly booby-trapped and at press time he was not cooperating with authorities.

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