Aurora Police: Bomb Disarmed at Colorado Shooter James Holmes' Apartment
July 21, 2012.
Bomb experts disarmed a tripwire and detonated a homemade explosive
device Saturday at the home of the man accused of the mass shooting in
the U.S. state of Colorado.
Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said, "The blast succeeded in disarming a second
Police say the wiring and the incendiary device were "set up to kill"
the first person who entered the suspect's apartment. Authorities say
experts were proceeding cautiously at midday because the apartment
contains other suspicious devices that also may need to be detonated.
Twelve moviegoers were killed and dozens wounded early Friday as volleys
of gunfire ripped through a crowded movie theater in Aurora, a city near
Colorado's capital, Denver.
Police identify the gunman as James Holmes, 24, student who officials
say was preparing to leave a graduate studies program.
was arrested just outside the theater right after the bloodbath. Police
said he had with him a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, a gas mask and
a bulletproof vest.
Officers then surrounded the young man's apartment building about six
kilometers from the crime scene, and evacuated all residents.
Investigators said the attacker's motivations remained unclear 36 hours
after the movie theater slaughter.
President Barack Obama and one of the top Republican figures in
Congress, House Speaker John Boehner, were among leading figures around
the nation who have mourned the victims and offered condolences to their