Suspect in Theater Shooting Heavily Armed, Apartment Booby Trapped

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The suspect in the deadly shootings in Colorado had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols.

A federal law enforcement official says the suspect, identified by other federal law enforcement officials as James Holmes, also used a gas canister in the attack in a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Officials believe Holmes, who was wearing a gas mask during the attack, killed a dozen people when he open fired in the crowded theater.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with other local, state and federal law enforcement officials, are investigating the overnight attack.

Police say Holmes' apartment is booby trapped, so they've evacuated five surrounding buildings.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He says police could be there some time.

Oates says pictures from inside the apartment are fairly disturbing and the devices look to be sophisticated.

FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck and put a camera at the end of 12-foot pole inside the apartment where 24-year-old James Holmes lives.

The apartment is about four miles from the theater where at least 12 people were killed and 50 were wounded.


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  • by Woe on Jul 23, 2012 at 05:10 AM
    Stop posting his picture! You are just enhancing his awful fame and that is what he wanted ...to be known for whatever reason!
  • by Kris Location: Lansing on Jul 22, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    I sure hope that the media doesn't name him something like The Dark Knight Shooter...that's what he wanted.....He shouldn't get anything that he wanted....I know that he will get a trial, but when you catch them in the act, knowing that it is for sure the shooter, there should be no trial...what a waste of money...and they will find him mentally ill & put him in a cushy place forever, when in fact, he deserves to be tied to a whipping post in the parking lot of that theater...forever.......
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      by Jason on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM in reply to Kris
      I favor the Electric Chair.
  • by Gram Location: Loudoun county on Jul 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    71 bullets for 71 victims. No trial!
  • by Paul Location: Jackson on Jul 21, 2012 at 08:37 AM
    The killer is getting just what he was looking for. FAME. I think he ought to be the first one into his own apartment. If he makes it back out he gets a fair trial if not it won't matter
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      by Cattitude on Jul 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM in reply to Paul
      71 bullets no cost to the tax payer.
  • by Brian Location: Hillsdale on Jul 21, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    I agree with Grandma. Why show a picture of his face.It makes me sick. Also, I wish someone was carrying a concealed weapon legally and could have taken him out sooner.
  • by Michael on Jul 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    Why don't the police have him go open his apartment door and whatever happens, happens. He did this so make him undo it, and hopefully he suffers.
  • by Grandma Location: Clinton County on Jul 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    Stop posting pictures of people who commit heinous crimes such as this one. Just report the facts. We do not need to see his face.
  • by Anonemiss on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    How is this local news?!
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