Police: 12 Dead In Colorado Theater Shooting [VIDEO]
Aurora Police at a press conference confirmed that a total of 71 people were shot in a movie theater early Thursday night during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises injuring 59 people and killing 12. 10 bodies are said to still be inside the theater.
Suspect James Holmes is not talking to investigators, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing the ongoing case.
The person also said police found jars of chemicals in Holmes’ booby-trapped apartment with wires nearby. They have not yet entered the apartment.
AP reports the four weapons recovered in the deadly shootings all were purchased by the suspect in the case from retail gun stores in Colorado in the last two months, according to a federal law enforcement official.
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Holmes bought a ticket to the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie and went into the theater as part of the crowd.
Holmes is believed to have propped open an exit door in the theater as the movie was playing, donned protective ballistic gear and opened fire. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Holmes’ car was found parked outside the theater’s exit door.
President Obama has ordered all flags of the United States to be flown at half-staff through Wednesday, July 25.
READY TO “GO TO WAR”
Police said Holmes fired at least 71 shots and killed at least 12 people. Police said he had an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and two .40-caliber Glock handguns
No motive has been offered by police for the shooting but police found Homes has no military record or connection to terrorism and whose only prior police record was a traffic ticket.
Witnesses tell ABC News that Holmes burst into the theater about 30 minutes after the film started through a back emergency exit door, throwing a smoke bomb and shooting as people ran to tray and escape.
One person in the theater said Holmes was “like assassin ‘ready to go to war.”
“There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead,” Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload. “Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom,” she said. “He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed.”
911 calls reveal that police who arrived first frantically called for gas masks to be brought to the theater; they could not enter without them.
The U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the U.S. Armed Forces were wounded in a movie theater shooting in Colorado and one is unaccounted for. The agency says a Navy sailor was injured and a male sailor who was at the theater early Friday morning cannot be located. The sailors are part of a Navy Cyber Command unit at nearby Buckley Air Force base.
A picture of suspect James Holmes was been released by the Colorado University Medical School, the school Holmes dropped out of several weeks ago.
LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE SUSPECT
Montgomery says Holmes enrolled in the program in June 2011 and was in the process of withdrawing.
A man who lives next door to Holmes’ family in California says he was a loner. Tom Mai says he said hello to Holmes once in a while but seemed to be shy.
Mai says the family lived there about 10 years. The mother is a nurse and the father is a manager at a software company. The suspect has a younger sister.
Mai says the mother told him Holmes couldn’t find a job after earning a master’s degree from a public university in California.
Holmes had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
BOOBY TRAPPED APARTMENT
“Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time,” the studio said in a statement. Warner Brothers is the parent company of DC Comics, the publisher of Batman comic books.
Governor Chris Christie, who was supposed to be a guest on NBC’s Today Show on Friday morning, was cancelled as the show shifted its focus to the shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” tweeted the Governor.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney in a statement says, “Deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence”
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Map created by the Denver Post of key locations in the shooting.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.