Before beginning campaign tour.
President Obama will be traveling to Aurora, Colo., to attend Sunday’s memorial service for the 12 victims of the movie-theater shooting. Obama will then depart for a three-day, five-state campaign tour. “Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living,” the president said Friday. “The people we lost in Aurora loved, and they were loved.”
Suspect had been ordering ammo online.
The shooting inside a crowded Colorado movie theater has evidence of calculation and deliberation, Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates told reporters. Alleged shooter James Holmes had ordered more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition along with tactical gear online over the past two months. Holmes’ apartment was rigged with various explosives and booby traps. “We have the evidence of a deliberative process to commit this assault, and we have the evidence of a deliberative process in his mind to attack whoever opened the door of his apartment,” Oates said. The suspect’s family released a statement requesting privacy for the family. “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved,” the statement said. “We are still trying to process this information.”
From the Aurora movie theater to the police response at the suspect’s apartment, a look at the response to the shocking mass killing at the midnight ‘Dark Knight Rises’ show.
As police enter James Holmes’s booby-trapped apartment, Christine Pelisek and Eliza Shapiro report on how the alleged killer bought his guns—and why he may pursue an insanity defense.
Two months before neuroscience student James Eagan Holmes allegedly shot 71 moviegoers, killing at least 12, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., he stopped by Gander Mountain, an outdoor shop that sells guns and ammunition, and bought a Glock 40 pistol. Over that eight-week period, according to a local law-enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, he purchased four more weapons, including a shotgun and an assault rifle from different gun shops around Aurora and Denver—and 6,000 rounds of ammunition from the Internet.
At shooting suspect’s apartment.
Although the effort to clear out Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes’ explosive-rigged apartment is not yet over, bomb-disposal experts just scored a key victory: disarming a tripwire linked to a major explosive device. The booby trap was set up to kill anyone who came in through the door, Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told the Associated Press. According to witnesses, two explosions rang out while authorities were inside, but no one was hurt. “This is some serious stuff our team is dealing with,” Carlson said. “There is no timeline, there is no end time. We don’t need to rush anything.”
In wake of ‘Batman’ shooting.
In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shooting, studios said they will forgo releasing box-office numbers for the weekend. Sony, Fox, Disney, and Universal announced Saturday that they had made the decision in solidarity with Warner Bros., distributor for The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. also cancelled cast appearances in Mexico and Japan, and pulled trailers for upcoming film Gangster Squad, which includes a depiction of gangsters firing guns in a movie theater.”Everybody is very saddened by the event. We were obviously looking for a very happy occasion for us,” a studio representative told the Associated Press. “It’s a difficult way to begin. We’re just more concerned now with the well-being of those that were injured, of course.”
To defuse explosive traps.
Bomb technicians may be less than an hour from entering the apartment of James Holmes, alleged Colorado killer, in order to remotely detonate or defuse the improvised explosive devices believed to be inside. Investigators told CBS that Holmes had filled his apartment with 30 rubber shells filled with a smokeless powder, one of which is being examined by FBI explosives experts. Several tripwires appear to be tied to containers of liquid spread around the apartment. There are about 100 personnel on the scene, from FBI technicians to firefighters to chemists. Authorities have cleared the immediate area.
May belong to suspect James Holmes.
According to TMZ, police are investigating a profile created on AdultFriendFinder.com, a popular sex site, to determine whether it may belong to accused Colorado shooter James Holmes. "Will you visit me in prison?" was a message posted on the top of the page. The profile is listed under the name James Holmes and the screen name "classic jimbo," and includes pictures of a man with bright red hair. The profile owner describes himself as "a nice guy. Well, as nice enough of a guy who does these sort of shenanigans." The profile’s owner pegged himself as a heterosexual man seeking a sexual relationship with "women, couples (man and woman)," and "groups or couples (2 women)." Police told TMZ that they are investigating the site.
A showing of the new Batman movie turned tragic early Friday morning when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado theater. Police say 12 are dead and at least 50 wounded. More updates here.
At least 12 people are dead after a shooting at a movie theater in suburban Denver, police said early Friday morning. Some fifty-nine more were shot, making the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunfire broke out during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday. Moviegoers were in the theater when they say the shooter “released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound, and some gas emerged, and the gunman opened fire,” according to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.
Police prepared Saturday morning to release the names of the 12 victims of Friday’s shooting. Meanwhile, families of those killed and injured in the tragic melee remembered their loved ones. Among them was the friends and family of Matt Quinn, who died shielding his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, in the movie theater as havoc engulfed them. Yowler was wounded, but survived. Anita Busch told reporters of her family’s frantic search for news of her cousin, Micayla Medek, who was also among those killed. “We had been desperately trying to find her,” Busch said. Another victim, Alex Sullivan, was an employee at the theater. The married man was enjoying a movie on his night off when his life was taken from him.
And 4 guns, all legally.
Suspected Colorado gunman James Holmes was incredibly well-armed. In the past 60 days, reports ABC, he had purchased four guns at local shops and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition online. According to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, "All the ammunition he possessed, he possessed legally, all the weapons he possessed, he possessed legally, all the clips he possessed, he possessed legally." The weapons used in the theater shooting Friday were powerful enough to penetrate the walls, hitting at least one other person in an adjacent theater. Holmes was arrested shortly after the violence, while shooting at his car from behind the theater. Authorities haven't identified all of the 12 victims, while 30 remain hospitalized. Counting the injured, the Friday morning attack is the largest mass shooting in American history. "The gunmen never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going," a witness told ABC News.
In suspect James Holmes’ apartment.
The apartment of James Holmes, suspected of killing 12 and wounding scores more in Friday morning’s movie theater massacre, was rigged with complicated explosive traps, police said. Saturday morning, officers planned to send in a robot to detonate them. Chris Henderson, Aurora, Colo.’s deputy fire chief, told Reuters that Holmes's living room was filled with tripwires connected to plastic bottles filled with an "unknown liquid." Other authorities said that speakers in the apartment were set up to blast loud music, so as to lure police in. "If he was shot and killed, it is without a doubt that these ... booby traps were there to murder and inflict casualties upon first responders," a source said. Meanwhile, new details on Holmes's background have painted him as a smart but socially awkward student with an interest in movies and the media who graduated college with a degree in neuroscience. Holmes allegedly dressed up as Batman franchise character the Joker before entering the Aurora theater with an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a Glock .40, and opened fire.
Aurora, Colo., was one of the safest cities in America. Now a senseless massacre makes it the cruelest of clichés: the quiet town struck by tragedy. What is Aurora really like?
Aurora, Colo., is a city of superlatives. It’s appeared on Men’s Health magazine’s list of best cities for men five years in a row. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked five of the specialties at the University of Colorado Hospital as among the best in the nation. Sports Illustrated named it Colorado’s best “Sportstown” in 2003. In December 2011, Forbes declared it the ninth-safest city in America. Just seven months later, Aurora adds another superlative to its list: the site of the worst mass shooting in the U.
Don’t believe those who say we will prevent horrific shootings. This is the America we live in now.
If there’s one thing I hate hearing at times like this, it’s that violin-music language about how we must work to ensure that something like the Aurora shooting “never happens again.” I can understand why it makes people feel better in some way to say it. But really. Nonsense. We have no collective will in this country to make sure such a day never happens again. In fact, if anything, we are headed for a day when 20 percent of the people in a movie theater are armed themselves, and we have a good old shoot ’em up that would’ve made John Ford’s head spin but will make the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s heart soar like an eagle.
In his first appearance since allegedly killing a dozen people, the suspected Colorado shooter struggled to keep his eyes open as he faced the judge.
What we know about Colorado’s shooting suspect.
Obama and Romney won’t even mention the ‘g’ word after the tragedy in Aurora. That’s pathetic, writes Judith Miller. What if four ex-presidents got together to do the right thing?
A gunman killed 12 and wounded countless others at a shooting 15 minutes into a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. These are tweets, photos, and videos from the #theatershooting scene.
No one seems to know what set off the murders in a movie theater, but the discussion should be about whether the NRA is also culpable, writes Michael Daly.
Few in Hollywood think “The Dark Knight Rises’ caused the tragedy in Colorado. But some do wonder if popular culture has desensitized people to the very real consequences of violence.
At a campaign stop in Florida, the president said the day wasn't about politics. Ultimately, what matters most is 'how we choose to treat one another and love one another,' he told the crowd.