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Police Disarm Bomb at Colorado Shooter's Home

ATF agent arranges boxes for evidence in front of the apartment of James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado, July 21, 2012.
ATF agent arranges boxes for evidence in front of the apartment of James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado, July 21, 2012.
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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.

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.

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Police identify the gunman as James Holmes, 24, student who officials say was preparing to leave a graduate studies program.

Holmes 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 families Saturday.

  • Marietta Perkins prays during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A view of the memorial site for the victims is seen behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco leaves a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco (C) is comforted after leaving a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed in the Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado Jul
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People embrace before a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A memorial of flowers is set up for victims on a hillside behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

 

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by: almoros idriss from: cameroon
July 22, 2012 5:51 PM
Very worried frequently images of victims, children killed in schools,..., and this last horrible one! There is only one direct, brightest and bravest solution that is ideal to the level of FBI robots at least, and the truth and the only plain truth is that, it's impossible for this brilliant nation and world leader to live in 17th century laws to compete!

by: junhong from: calgary
July 21, 2012 9:15 PM
I am very sad.
However, I would like to see strickly gun control in the USA.
I hope people do not forget it tomorrow. Otherwise, it will see more and more people crying every year.
Do we need to ask politicians and gun association what's purpose that you earn money for?

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