A gunman wearing a gas mask, helmet and full body armor opened fire early Friday in a crowded suburban Denver theater at the opening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and injuring at least 59.
Federal law enforcement officials identified the suspect as James Holmes, 24, who lives about 4 miles away from the theater in Aurora. He is in custody.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, officials said they don’t have a motive for the shooting.
“From our first call to his apprehension was about a minute or a minute and a half,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.
He said the suspect was armed with one AR-15, a Remington 870 shotgun and two 40-caliber Glock handguns.
At the suspect’s home, Oates said investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives were attempting to disarm what appeared to be sophisticated incendiary devices.
“We are not sure what we are dealing with in the home,” Oates said. “There are incendiary devices … chemicals and wires, something I am not familiar with.”
One federal official told CBS News that at this time Holmes appears to have been “under the radar.” CBS News reports Holmes doesn’t appear to have a criminal record in Colorado or in San Diego, Calif., where he graduated from high school in 2006. Pentagon officials said there is no record of Holmes having served in any branch of the military.
(Credit: CBS/University of Colorado, Denver)
San Diego police read a statement from Holmes’ California family saying that their hearts go out to those involved. They say they’re cooperating with authorities in San Diego and Aurora and are trying to process everything. San Diego police spokeswoman Andra Brown said there’s nothing to suggest the family had any involvement. More info